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Stalking the City’s Monastery Mulberries
Tue 30 May 2017, 11:00 – 13:00 BST
Stalking the City’s Monastery Mulberries - amongst the monasteries, churches and Temple law courts of the City of London
Many people associate mulberries with James I’s attempt to start an English silk industry in the early 1600’s, but they have played an important part in London life since they were first introduced by the Romans in the 1st century CE. Mulberries have a long association with medieval monasteries and the church, where they were grown for their delicate fruit, which sweetened the dishes of medieval dining tables and offered medicinal benefits too.
The walkshop is led by Peter Coles – urban nature writer and photographer, and champion of mulberries in London. He has been co-creating intriguing Stalking Trees walkshops for the Museum of Walking, in which participants get to know a thing or two about trees and how to photograph them. Peter is working with the Conservation Foundation to conserve and build awareness of London’s heritage mulberries. Dip into the mulberry’s intriguing history.
The walkshop route will seek out mulberries in and around St Paul’s churchyard, St Bartholomew-the-Great, Charterhouse, Fountain Court (Middle Temple) and the Inner Temple garden.
We at the Museum of Walking are not “tree huggers” but we do love trees, for we feel that they contribute more to our urban neighbourhoods than they detract. Urban trees are a hardy bunch, able to absorb not only natural hazards, but also man-made pollutants, restoring the quality of air we breathe, and providing habitat for many species of wildlife. Many trees have witnessed significant changes to their surroundings, so as our cities expand, some trees are threatened by development, others are planted to create new vistas, shade and shelter.
Booking is essential, as numbers are limited. This free walkshop has been made possible through the support of the Mayor of London.