16 Sep 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Ancient Droves and the Tolworth Area Plan

“The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge, about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s.” On the Grasshopper and Cricket, John Keats In the midst of the summer heatwave and haze, we … Continue reading Ancient Droves and the Tolworth Area Plan →

15 May 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018

  Outside Richard Jefferies’ House, Ewell Road “Jefferies left school at fifteen and at first continued his habits of solitary wanderings about the local countryside. He dressed carelessly and allowed his hair to grow down to his collar. This, with his “bent form and long, rapid stride made him an object of wonder in the … Continue reading Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018 →

29 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One

Did you know that one of our most cherished and important nature writers lived in Tolworth? Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was born in Coate in Wiltshire, but moved to live in Tolworth, at 296 Ewell Road, from 1877 – 1882. During this time he wrote what is acknowledged to be his finest writing, some of which … Continue reading In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One →

22 Mar 2018 | Walk Coach Learn

Log Creations on the Leaway From the Olympic Park

Leaway From the Olympic Park on a week day morning in March. Impressions: Mud, puddles, route along the wide river. 12 dogs, overloaded dog walkers, cyclists, runners, walkers. Beginning to feel the season turning. Trail through the trees, logs, log creations – shelter, seats, playground, stacks. Question: What would you make with a pile of … Log Creations on the Leaway From the Olympic ParkRead More »

05 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor

The Tolworth Memory Tree has taken root at the Court Farm Cafe – Alison Fure has created a tree, and it even has mistletoe! The tree is starting to bloom and sprout memories of Tolworth. We would like it to blossom with as many memories from as many people as possible. The tree will still … Continue reading The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor →

19 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking the Tolworth Edgelands

Come and discover some of Tolworth’s ‘edgelands’ – find out what edgelands are and why they are important. This is the second of our ‘Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum’ walks of 2018. The walk takes places on Sunday 25th February from 11am-2pm. Facebook event here We will meet outside the Hogsmill Pub (KT4 7PY) … Continue reading Walking the Tolworth Edgelands →

14 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree)

It was about as wet a day as it is possible to have in January, without it snowing. Persistent, doggedly determined precipitation meant that, understandably, many people who had been in touch to say they would be joining the walk, cancelled when they saw the weather that morning. But twelve intrepid adventurers gathered at the … Continue reading Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree) →

15 Jan 2018 | Walk Coach Learn

Taking the Path Along the River Mole in Leatherhead

River Mole in Leatherhead on a week day afternoon in December Impressions: Sun, silhouettes, tree branch shapes, cold, breezeless, blue sky, mud, quiet, freedom, winding paths, flowing, sparkling river, aqueduct.  Long haired grass, brambles, nettles, tall, regal trees. Question: Do you take the worn path or go through the mud and brambles? Images: Find out more … Taking the Path Along the River Mole in LeatherheadRead More »

05 Jan 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum

FREE Walks and Workshops for 2018 with Alison Fure and Lucy Furlong Walk the Hogsmill River and explore the green fields of Tolworth. Experience the wildlife, learn about the environment, discover the hidden heritage. Please ‘like’ and follow the facebook page www.facebook.com/tolworthtreasure for more information and updates about events WALK THE HOGSMILL First walk of … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum →

07 Dec 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

Writers’ Centre Kingtson Event: Hoping

I will be doing a short poetry reading this evening, the last one this year, as part of the Writers’ Centre Kingston literary event on ‘Hoping’. It is FREE and being held at the MINIMA Yacht Club, along Kingston High Street. Reading alongside me are Sarah Dawson and Gale Burns, prelude to the main speakers: … Continue reading Writers’ Centre Kingtson Event: Hoping →

15 Nov 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure

What kind of Five Year Plan should Tolworth have? I would like to see a commitment to keep and manage its green spaces sensitively – because they are what make Tolworth special. I was shocked to hear Tolworth referred to as a ‘ghetto’ by staff and students at Kingston University while I was studying there. … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure →

02 Nov 2017 | Walk Coach Learn

Three Mills

Three Mills on a week day afternoon in June. Impressions: Long grass, riverside, cranes and tall buildings.  Steps up a fallen log, golden gates, paths the shape of a round circle with waving arms, teenagers huddled and chatting.  Strong sunshine, hot breeze, wooden playground, floor trampoline, statues, butterflies, cobbled path. Question: Sometimes we can only see the steps, […]

28 Oct 2017 | Walk Coach Learn

Lee Valley

East London section of Lee Valley on a week day afternoon in July.  Impressions:  Cloudy and warm, sunless yet harshly bright.  Canal boats, early blackberries, bridges, pathways, railways, lots of lines, criss crossing and rising.  Colourful graffiti, lurid green sludge, algae, waterfowl, cranes, building clanking. Question: As I walk I wonder how the ducks survive […]

16 Aug 2014 | IMPRINTABLE

George Hart (Long Beach, California)

George Hart is a Professor in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach. We sat on George’s deck with drinks and a Zoom H2 digital recorder, but I made the rookie mistake that I lecture my students not to make: I armed the recorder but did not activate the record button a […]