Playing out, street parties and children just running wild – since having children these have been some of my favourite subjects.

My daughter getting to grips with the art of the hulla-hoop while our street was closed off for a party.

Another one of the ancient arts of play being reborn on our reclaimed street.

I love our street so much. Just wish I could do this.

And who could have guessed what would happen when a gang of children got hold of plant-misters?

Even when it rains, a street playing session can be fun.

  • Hugh Warwick holding a toad

  • Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. His first book, A Prickly Affair, remains the only book to have accolades from both Jeanette Winterson and Ann Widdecombe on the cover. The Beauty in the Beast is published in May 2012 and takes him on a journey in search of other animals. And in November 2012 he returns to hedgehogs with a book about the iconography of the animal.

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