Bob Smyth, journalist

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Journalist, author and lecturer, Bob Smyth worked for leading national newspapers and magazines. Radio Times features editor in the 1970s and its consumer affairs columnist in the 1980s, he also contributed many articles on BBC Natural History Unit programmes during these years.

Having launched the Peckham Society in 1975, he contributed articles on urban regeneration to the architects’ magazine Building Design and was an occasional lecturer on town planning at South Bank and Thames Universities. He also lectured on journalism at the London College of Printing. A London Borough of Southwark councillor from 1978, he was Deputy Leader 1982-83.

A co-founder of the London Wildlife Trust in 1982, and chairman 1983-86, he contributed articles on urban ecology to many publications and was author of City Wildspace (1987) and the Green Guide to Urban Wildlife (1991). Forest People and Places (1997) is a portrait of the Forest of Dean past and present.

He lived in north France 1988-2000, reporting on the Channel Tunnel opening and its side effects for publications including the Guardian and Times. Returning to the UK he settled in Emsworth on Chichester Harbour, retiring in 2010.






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