Helen Babbs is a writer, editor, and author.

Her first book – My Garden, the City and Me, Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London (Timber Press, 2011) – is about the glory of growing things and urban nature. It was nominated for two garden writing awards, and translated for sale in China.

Her second – Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways (Icon Books, 2016) – is about the people, politics, history and wildlife of the capital’s canals and rivers. Homes & Gardens described it as ‘a compelling exploration of river living’, Waterways World called it ‘one of the best waterways books for decades’, and Caught by the River praised its ‘utterly captivating prose’.

Helen’s third book – Sylvan Cities, An urban tree guide (Atlantic, 2019) – is a potted-journey through our cities’ woody places and a literary hunt for where their wild things are. Gardens Illustrated described it as a ‘thoroughly enjoyable read, and a beautifully illustrated practical, cultural and historical guide to some of the most common trees in our cities’, and the Financial Times called it ‘assured’ and ‘a joy’.

Helen has also contributed essays to books including Vitamin Green (Phaidon), Lost in London (Portico) and London for Londoners (Time Out). She has written for Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Time Out and BBC Wildlife, among others, and worked as a writer and copy editor for organisations including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and The Wildlife Trusts. She works part-time as a digital editor for Wellcome Collection, commissioning content for their website.

All content on this website is © Helen Babbs, unless otherwise stated.


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