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On Saturday 1 April 2017: Beautification Walk Workshop

Meeting at the entrance of CGP London Gallery at 2:30pm

As part of CoolWalks ‘Explore, Exercise, Exhale’ springtime festival of walks and urban exploration, InspiralLondon with Bermondsey Artists’ Group members and CoolTan volunteers, are facilitating an open walking workshop on Beautification in the Borough of Southwark. All are free to join this urban exploration around Southwark Park’s locality.

The Beautification Committee, launched by Ada Salter in 1920 played a key role within Southwark, creating many of the green spaces, mature trees and landscaping schemes that form an integral part of the Borough’s current environment and feel. At the time Ada Salter proudly proclaimed: “The cultivation of flowers and trees is a civic duty.”

On the walk we will investigate both historical and contemporary examples of urban beautification while exploring other ways to see and use our local environments. The city, made up of all kinds and types of beauty, prompts a number of questions: What should we value most, and how do we capture our own sense of ‘beauty’ or wonder? How can we understand a civic project like the ‘Beautification Committee’ in the face of radical changes to the built environment? And what other types of beauty are worth preserving or promoting?

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