The Camberwell Society

Society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell

Ruskin Tree Walk

March 2022

We are taking a tree walk with John Ruskin, the Victorian artist, art critic, social commentator and lover of nature, guided by leading experts in his writing and thinking.

The route takes us around six stops in Ruskin Park, a beautiful green space where Camberwell and Herne Hill intersect named after Ruskin and close to the site of a house where he lived for nearly 30 years.

Four of the places visited are remarkable trees, two are interesting views.

A specially commissioned essay about an aspect of Ruskin’s philosophies on nature is tied to each stop.

The full collection of essays, including three new illustrations by local artists as well as drawings by Ruskin himself, can be found here

Shorter excerpts of the essays (without the illustrations), easily readable on iPhones etc while completing the walk, are here.

And a map of the walk’s route through Ruskin Park is here

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The Camberwell Society was formed in 1970 and is the recognised amenity society for those living, working or interested in Camberwell.

The Society’s objectives, as defined by our constitution, are: to stimulate public interest in Camberwell, to promote high standards of planning and architecture in Camberwell, and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Camberwell.

We are a charity and raise money for local charities. In the past we have raised money for Southside Rehabilitation Association, St Giles Trust, Cambridge House, the CamberwellCommunity Choir, the HollingtonYouth Centre and the Camberwell Arts Festival