'''[http://www.museumofwalking.org.uk/chasing-the-dream Museum of Walking]- “Amazing walk in spite of the weather”''' - So wrote Rachel Gomme, live art performer, ecological walking artist and Peckham resident to boot, but her comments were echoed by the 25 diehards who joined Museum Co-creator Paul Wood for an Exploration of the Urban Forest in Peckham last Sunday. Oh did it rain and never stopped. This didn’t deter the group, and although I was a tad confused as Paul deviated off our carefully planned route, we managed a circular walk full of intriguing trees, local myths, and a lovely meeting with a local hero. Eileen Conn has been a community activist for more than 40 years. Indeed it is the 40th anniversary since she won over Southwark council to plant an avenue of birch trees in Nutbrook Road – selected by Paul as one London’s best street tree avenues. It was terrific to meet her and hear her talk with such enthusiasm about Peckham and how she has galvanised the community and the authorities to invest in civic buildings and public space.
'''[https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/9-of-londons-best-street-trees Time Out - 9 best London street trees] Peckham birches:''' Peckham is home to some fine birch tree avenues, which can look at their glistening best in winter when they show off their white bark. The birch species with the whitest bark of all is the Himalayan birch – now the most frequently planted in London too, even more so than the familiar silver birch. Where to find them: Nutbrook Street, SE15
'''[http://peckhamcodesign.org/stn-sq-ph-1/eileen-conn/ EC response to the 'Co-Design' consultants proposals for Peckham Rye station redevelopment.]''' October 2014.