We discovered this quotation at Chelsea Physic Garden. It is the motto of Carl Linnaeus, the 18th Century Botanist and father of modern Taxonomy. We think his motto is so apt for our project that we have decided to adopt it.

Friday 23 November 2007

Balloon Fragment, Long Thin Red

Found in Westfield Park, 11.29am, 11/07/07

Hairband, with Hair

Found in Sloane Gardens, 18/7/07

Long Thin Balloon, Black

Found in Chelsea Physic Garden, 18/7/07

Square Sample of Plastic

Found in Royal Hospital Road, 18/7/07

Fragment of Gnawed Traffic Cone

Found in Westfield Park, 11.24 am, 11/7/07

Latex Natural Rubber Condom, Wrapped

Found in Sloane Garden, 18/07/07

Plastic Lioness

Found in Flood Street, 18/7/07

O2 Wristband

Found in Kensington High Street, 1.14pm, 11/7/07

Wednesday 21 November 2007

TalkTalk envelope


small bent piece of wire, found on the King's Road 18th July 2007

Piece of bark

This chunk of bark was found on the corner of Tite Street and Royal Hospital Road, 18th July 2007

Stone and Leaf from the Gingko Bilbao Tree

Found in the garden, by a volunteer worker, 18th July 2007

Piece of asphalt

Found on Tite street, 18th July 2007

Pricey paving stone (fragment)

Found by Rosie, the curator of the garden, at lunch time on the 18th July. Workmen in the street outside chipped this piece off accidentally - sending it flying in the air - before remarking that it cost £100 per m/sq!

Friday 24 August 2007

Cut flowers

Found on 18th Juy 2007. Found near by CHelsea and Kensington Town Hall, suggesting that they may have been part of a wedding bouquet.


A sketch brought to us at The Chelsea Physic Garden, 18th July 2007. This sketch has an architectural quality suggesting that its artist had some knowledge of building techniques and was using the rough diagrams to either explain something to someone or to problem solve for his/herself.

Fragment of a letter

Brought to us on 18th July 2007. This small scrap of paper found on the Chelsea Embankment bears fragments of the words 'please' and 'relationship', leading us to hypothesise that this is one of many fragments that the letter was torn up in to in a fit of passion or rage.

Champagne Cork

Brought to Chelsea Physic Garden on 18th July 2007.

Granny's green pen

Brought to Chelsea Physic Garden by Bella, who had found the pen on her way to the Garden. She told us a fabulous story of how her Granny only wrote in green pen. Apparently the story goes that her Granny had found a fountain pen when she was a child and being a good child had decided to take it to the police station. In those days if the lost property wasn't retrieved by its rightful owner within 3 months then the person that handed it in could claim it as their own. 3 months passed and no one retrieved the fountain pen, on receiving the pen Bella's Granny discovered that it was filled with green ink and from that day onwards she has writtern in green ink!

Wednesday 22 August 2007


Remembrance poppy, found 18th July 2007 and handed in to Chelsea Physic Garden

Oyster Shell

Found by Rosie, in Chelsea Physic Garden, in the far south east corner near the former boathouse, now the education centre, on the 18th July 2007


Brought to Chelsea Physic Garden, 18th July 2007, broken black hairband

2 Yellow Pages

2 copies of the yellow pages, found by Frank on the 18th July and handed in to the archive at Chelsea Physic Garden

A-Z Page

A-Z page

Tuesday 17 July 2007

Dilapidated fake flower

Found in Kensal Green Cemetery, 15 July 07, in the Kensington and Chelsea side of the Cemetery
Possibly from grave flowers
Pictured are nearby sights: an elaborate grave, the main avenue of the Cemetery with the most substantial graves, a badly decayed grave with 'Danger Keep Out' sign, a grave with flowers in a jug made from a bleach bottle

Saturday 14 July 2007


Animal masks - Badger, Hedgehog, Rabbit - from Party Party (?) High Street Kensington
Stones in bottle (home made rattle) from Holland Park, near Dog Toilet at High St. Ken entrance


Found 11th July 2007, 1.14pm on Kensington High Street, outside Party Party on the north side of the road. The fluorescent yellow wrist band has 'The O2' printed on it, as well as the number 08737. click here to view the location on streetmap.

envelope (part of)

This torn corner of an envelope was found on the 11th July 2007, at 12.02pm on Lots Road. Part of the franking is visible, including a code 'PB818800'. Click here to view the find location on streetmap.

Jesus Sticker

little man?

We're not sure what this small plastic component is, or does (was, or did?). 2 cm long, with the 'head' measuring 1.1cm across and the 'body' 0.6cm across, it is a moulded (possibly injection moulded) thermoplastic part in bright yellow. Evidence of attachment to another piece or part is present in the side nodules. Has sustained some superficial damage to the surface - scratched and slightly distorted in places. Found on the corner of Lots Road and Tadema Road, 11th July 2007, 12 noon. click here to view the location on streetmep.

During the course of our day at Chelsea Physic Garden many visitor made suggestions as to the origins and purpose of this perplexing plastic piece - though one of the last visitors of the day came up with an answer that we believe to be correct - that this is in fact the component of a disposable lighter that one depresses in order to release gas from the lighter fluid chamber.

1980s exercise


Immature green conker, found on the Thames Path opposite St Mary's Church Battersea on the 11th July at 11.49 am. We must assume that the inclement weather of the past couple of weeks knocked this conker down before it had a chance to fully ripen. Click here to view the location on streetmap.

During the course of our research we discovered that the horse chesnut - of which the 'conker' is the nut, is not native to the british isles but originated in a small mountainous region of the Balkans, being cultivated and transported around the world for its spectacular candle-like flowers.


Park Rules

Huge Donkey-Dog

Cone Bits