Trees in London
Tree walk in London

London Tree Week events 2017

Londonwide
Booking required for some events (see individual listings)

Come and celebrate London’s trees and woodlands with a week of special events.

You’ll find events listed below by date. More will be added soon. We’ll also be publishing a series of tree trails and other resources you can download.

The 60 plus events include a series of talks organised by the Woodland Trust, a range of guided walks and tours in parks and woodlands. There'll also be, mindfulness, poetry, art and photography walkshops, children’s activities plus exhibitions at City Hall and Thames Chase Forest.

Many thanks to all the organisations and individuals holding events for London Tree Week: Ackroyd & Harvey; The Ash Project; Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens; Bishop of Southwark; Brockley Society; Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses; Paddy Byrne; Peter Coles; Professor Jon Drori;  William Fiennes; Friends of Alexandra Park; Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park; Friends of Wandsworth Park; Mathew Frith; Iain Green; Ken Greenway; Craig Harrison; Jackie Herald; Madeline Hodge: Shenagh Hume; Kingston Permaculture Reserve; Carenza Lewis; London Wildlife Trust;  Peter Lyons;  Morus Londinium; Museum of Walking;  Edward Parker; Roger Parkinson; Steve Pocock;  Stephens House & Gardens; Fiona Stafford; Andrew Stuck; Mel Sutton: TCV; The Conservation Foundation; The Forestry Commission; The Orchard Project; The Woodland Trust; TiCL; Tottenham Trees Group; Vision-Redbridge Culture & Leisure; Paul Wood.

If your organisation would like to take part in London Tree Week you can add your event to our listings.

For more details email: [email protected] or tweet @LDN_environment #LondonTreeWeek

Saturday 27 May

Campfire Tree Safari, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Meet at Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX.

Rangers Dan and Sarah invite you to join them for proper coffee round the campfire and an urban tree safari. You’ll gain skills in identifying common broadleaved trees and learn how they’re cared for on this idyllic woodland ramble, on their tree ID skills, or just enjoy this hidden oasis at its dappled and shady best.

Cost: £18/£15. Booking essential via the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park website.

Stalking Trees in Highgate Woods, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meet at Highgate Tube, N6.

Join The Woodland Trust to walk and stalk through the Ancient Wood and VIP trees in Highgate Wood. This walk is led by Peter Coles, urban nature writer and photographer, with the support of urban ecologist Andrew Stuck. The whole family will enjoy this chance to discover the old Hornbeam coppices and learn about their history.

Book your free place through the Woodland Trust website.

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.

Trees of Bloomsbury Walk, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Meet at the steps of the Goodenough Club, 23 Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AD.

The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens together with Val Martin Memorial Walks are pleased to invite you to this free guided tree walk. Come and see some of the area’s splendid and unusual trees. View the New Zealand border in the beautiful Mecklenburgh Square garden, normally closed to the public. Another highlight is London’s second oldest plane tree in Brunswick Square, one of the city’s top ten trees.

Book your place free place: Eventbrite.

Forest Immersion (Lunchtime), 12:30pm - 1:30pm   

Meet at Crescent Wood Road Entrance, Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk, Sydenham Hill, London, SE26 6LS.

Forest bathing is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature. This hour long session run by the London Wildlife Trust will immerse you in the sight, sound, scent, texture and taste of Sydenham Hill Woods.  You’ll leave refreshed, relaxed and ready to reconnect with the world around you. 

Book your place free place: Eventbrite

Find out more at London Wildlife Trust's website.

Tottenham Trees: Downhills Park Tree Walk, 2pm - 3:15pm        

Meet at Downhills Park Cafe, N17 6PR.

Join Tottenham Trees to explore some of the exotic trees of Downhills Park and a recently planted orchard. You’ll also pick up some tips to help you identify, prune and manage trees.

Book your free place at: http://www.tottenhamtrees.org/tree-events.html.

Talking Trees: The Chinese National Forest City Initiative, 2pm - 4pm

Meet at The Roger Smith Room, The Wesley Hotel, 81-103 Euston St, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2EZ.

Last November, Craig Harrison, from the Forestry Commission, spoke at the first International Forest City Conference in Shenzhen, China. This talk sees Craig discuss London’s trees and woodlands. He’ll also cover the wonderful tree scape of the Forest City of Shenzhen. How has this happened in a place that has grown from 30,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 12 million today?

To find out, book your free place via the Woodland Trust website.

Haiku Woods walkshop, 3pm - 4:30pm

Meet at Queen’s Wood Community Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP.

Explore Haiku woods.

Walk, talk, recite, write haiku.

Foot powered poems.

Join the Museum of Walking for this free form walk in which you get to write and inspire others to write haiku. With the option to have them printed and published in a zine – as an anthology from the walkshop.

Book your free place place: Eventbrite.

Find out more at: http://www.museumofwalking.org.uk/events/london-tree-week-2017/haiku-woods/

Talking Trees: Greening our Urban Communities, 4pm - 6pm

Meet at the Wesley Hotel, Euston, NW1 2EZ.

This Woodland Trust talk from Wakefield volunteer Roger Parkinson will cover how to engage communities and schools in green space improvements. He’ll discuss what motivates him and show you how to develop projects with little funding, but surprising results.

Book your free place at the Woodland Trust website.

Bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park, 8:30pm - 10pm

Meet by the duck pond accessed via the Longton Avenue gate, Sydenham Wells Park, Sydenham, London, SE26 6QZ.

London Wildlife Trust’s annual bat walk is not to be missed.  Bat calls are largely undetectable to the human ear. That means we’ll be using bat detectors to listen to the sounds of these wonderful mammals. There are lots of bats to be seen (and heard) at the park including noctule, Leisler’s, common and soprano pipistrelles.

Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

Sunday 28 May

Haiku on the Rye - Creative Writing Haiku Walkshop, 11am - 1pm

Meet at Peckham Rye Park.

This guided creative writing Haiku walkshop will focus around the park’s arboretum and sensory garden. Learn the art of Japanese Haiku-style writing in a descriptive style, using trees and nature as your influence. This event is ideal for adults or families with children aged 12 and over.

Book your free place through the Woodland Trust website.  

Find out more at: www.museumofwalking.org.uk/events/london-tree-week-2017/haiku-on-the-rye/  

Mulberry guided walk, 11am - 1pm     

Meet by the old mulberry tree at the entrance to Charlton House, Greenwich, SE7 8RE, finishing in Sayes Court in Deptford.

Explore the great heritage of London’s mulberry trees and the stories they can tell of Greenwich and the surrounding area. This guided walk led by Dr Peter Coles is part of The Conservation Foundation’s Morus Londiunium project.

Book your free place at: https://greenwich-mulberries.eventbrite.co.uk/

Open Day at Kingston Permaculture Reserve, 1pm - 4:30pm   

Meet at Kingston Permaculture Reserve, KT5 9QP.

Come and encounter around 200 native tree species and heritage fruit and nuts. This voluntary community project is open to coincide with London Tree Week.

Free. No booking necessary. More information about Kingston Permaculture Reserve

Edible Trees - Foraging in the Woods, 1:30pm - 4:30pm  

Meet at Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX.

Take foraging up a notch on this tree-centric hunt for wild food with the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. As you walk through this hidden woodland, you'll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and to identify plants you can munch on. Nibble leaves, flowers and roots - then take some home to turn into your own wild salad.

Cost: £18/£15

Book your place now at: www.fothcp.eventbrite.com/    

Tall Tree Tales - walk at Stephens House and Gardens, 2pm - 3pm 

Meet at The Visitor Centre, Stephens House and Gardens Finchley, N3 3QE.                

See over 600 trees in a new light. Come and hear stories of traditions, superstitions, politics and trade and even a little bit of murder thrown in.

Suitable for age 12 plus. Cost £5.

Book tickets at: www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/events      

Mindfulness amongst trees, 3pm - 4:30pm 

Meet at the cafe within the park, White Lodge Mansion, Springfield Park, E5 9EF.

Health coach Mel Sutton will be your guide on this mindful walk. It’s also a chance to learn about the health and healing aspects of trees.  

For 16+; not suitable for children.  

Book your free place: Eventbrite.  

Find out more from the Museum of Walking's website.                                                                               

Veteran oak tree walk in Dulwich Park, 4pm – 6pm 

Meet inside the Court Lane gates, Dulwich Park, Dulwich, London, SE21 7EA.

Learn about the history of the park, a remnant of the ancient Dulwich Common, on this guided walk  The River Effra, one of London's lost rivers, also used to flow through the area. There are a number of old boundary oak trees which mark former parcels of farmland and common land. Discover these relics of London’s natural heritage and hear stories of the trees of Dulwich Park.

Find out more via the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

 

Bank Holiday Monday 29 May

Mindfulness amongst trees, 12:30pm - 2:00pm    

Meet outside Park View Cafe, 327 Green Lanes, London, N4 1BZ (by the Manor House Gate, Finsbury Park).

Come and learn techniques to be more mindful and calm in the company of health coach Mel Sutton. Also discover some of the healing and health aspects of trees.

This event is suitable for age 16 and over.

Book your free place: Eventbrite 

Find out more at Museum of Walking's website.

Photographing Trees: Beating the Bounds, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Start (and finish) Golders Green Tube station, NW11 7RN (Main exit).

Before the Tube, this part of London was fairly rural: boundaries were marked by hedgerows and oak trees. Join keen-eyed urban nature photographer and writer, Peter Coles, to go stalking boundary trees in Golders Green and Hampstead Heath. The route will include walking over uneven surfaces and rough ground so come prepared.

Suitable for age 16-plus. Children must be accompanied.

Book your free place: Eventbrite

Find out more at Museum of Walking's website.

Forest Immersion, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Meet at Crescent Wood Road Entrance, Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk, Sydenham Hill, London, SE26 6LS.

'Forest bathing' is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature. This hour-long session with London Wildlife Trust will take inspiration from this practice, immersing you in the sight, sound, scent, texture and taste of Sydenham Hill Woods. 

Book your free place at Eventbrite

Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 30 May

Stalking the City’s Monastery Mulberries, 11am - 1pm

Meet at Blackfriars rail and Tube station north entrance, Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4DD.

Peter Coles, urban nature writer and photographer leads a walk to discover the City of London’s historic mulberry trees. He also champions London’s mulberry tree heritage through The Conservation Foundation’s Morus Londinium project.

Book your free place at Eventbrite

Find out more through the Museum of Walking website.

Woodland Trust Walk - Tree or False? 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Meet at Mary Geraldine Harmsworth Park, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6ER.

This interactive family walkshop will follow the park’s ‘Ice Age Tree Trail’. Come and boost your knowledge of interesting tree facts with a unique spin on ‘true or false’. Everyone who takes part will be given a learning journal to use at the event. No previous knowledge is required.

Book your free place: https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/londontreeweektreeorfalse

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.

Talking Trees: Trees, Woods and Londoners - Talk by Carenza Lewis, Fiona Stafford and Mathew Frith, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Meet at Convocation Hall, Church House, Westminster, SW1P 3AZ.

Author Fiona Stafford, London Wildlife Trust's Matthew Frith and Carenza Lewis discuss the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. They’ll also talk about the evolving relationship between people and trees, and what the charter could mean for London.

Book your free place on the Woodland Trust website.

Talking Trees: The Naming of Trees - Talk by William Fiennes, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Meet at Committee Room 4, City Hall, More London, SE1 2AA.

William Fiennes talks about learning the names of our native trees. He’ll also explore what the act of naming says about our relationship with the world around us.

Book your place via the Woodland Trust website.

Garden Immersion (Evening), 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Meet at Centre for Wildlife Gardening, SE15 4EE.

Forest bathing is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature. This evening session will encourage you to use all five of your senses and identify local wildlife, native trees and shrubs. You’ll leave refreshed, relaxed and rested at the end of your day. 

Booking is essential.

Book your place via Eventbrite.

Tree photography in the capital, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Meet at Hyde Park, exit Marble Arch Tube station, W1C 1LX.

Budding photographers of all abilities will enjoy this free course led by writer and photographer Edward Parker. Come and learn how to change the settings on your camera to get the best results whatever equipment you use. Over the three hour session, you’ll visit the Tyburn Tree at Speaker’s corner, the London Plane at Russell Square and the Hardy Tree by St Pancras.

Book your place via the Woodland Trust website

Great North Wood Tree Walk with London Wildlife Trust, 7pm- 8:30pm

Meet by the gates of St Augustine's Church, One Tree Hill, London, SE23 3LE.

Join us for a guided walk to explore the fascinating world of trees. Discover the history of One Tree Hill as part of the once vast Great North Wood. You’ll also learn how to identify trees by looking at their leaves, bark and other features.

Free, but a suggested donation of £3 will go towards conserving the Great North Wood living landscape.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

 

Wednesday 31 May

Forest School Taster Session, 10.00am -12.00noon

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Stephens House and Gardens Finchley, London, N3 3QE.

It's Half Term and London Tree Week! Come and join us for an inspiring Forest School taster session. Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building and games.

Suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10.

Cost: £10 per child

Please make sure you read the guide to Forest school document before booking.

Book your place via the Stephens House website.

One, Two, Tree! Family workshop, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Meet at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, SE24 0PA.  

Celebrate the trees in our gardens and Brockwell Park. Have fun, learn and become a tree champion! We’ll be doing blindfolded tree hugging, a mirror walk, folklore trail, and nature crafts.

For children aged five plus.

Cost: £5 per child / £2.50 low-income

Book your place at: www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/event/one-two-tree

For more information, email: [email protected].

Tree Photography in the Capital, 10:30am - 1:30pm

Meet at Hyde Park exit, Marble Arch tube station, W1C 1LX.

Budding photographers of all abilities will enjoy this free course led by writer and photographer Edward Parker. Come and learn how to change the settings on your camera to get the best results whatever equipment you use. Over the three hour session, you’ll visit the Tyburn Tree at Speaker’s corner, the London Plane at Russell Square and the Hardy Tree by St Pancras.

Book your place on the Woodland Trust website.

Pond Dipping and Bug Hunting Day, 11am - 3pm

Meet at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Gatehouse, Thames Path, John Harrison Way, London, SE10 OQZ.

Children will love these guided pond dipping and bug hunting sessions. We’ll also look for mini beasts that live in trees and deadwood.

Find out more at: http://www.tcv.org.uk/greenwichpeninsula/events

Woodland Trust Walk - Mindfulness in Nature, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Meet at Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill, Brixton, London, SE5 8EL.

Health coach Mel Sutton will lead this mindful walk for adults. Come and learn how to use breathing to connect to your senses, calm the mind and focus the brain. Feel the mind-body connection as you walk through trees. Along the way there’ll be stops for different activities to calm, awaken and expand your awareness of yourself and nature. At the end, there’ll be a chance to create pictures and poetry inspired by the walk. All materials will be provided.

Book your free place through the Woodland Trust.

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.

Summer Orchard Tour with Cider Tasting, 7pm - 8:30pm

Meet at The Wenlock Barn Estate orchard, corner of Wenlock Street and Cropley Street, London, N1 7PJ.

Residents have turned this once unused patch of land into a thriving wildlife hub. Enjoy a tour, discover the orchard’s history and see a summer pruning demonstration of stone fruits. Finally, enjoy a cider tasting session with CAMRA North London representative Ian White.

Book your place at: www.theorchardproject.org.uk/events/summer-orchard-tour-cider-tasting

Talking Trees: Secret Life of Trees -Talk by Professor Jon Drori, 6pm - 7:30pm

Meet at Sainsburys Head Office, Holborn, EC1 2HT.

Woods have more in common with human communities than you’d care to imagine. A forest is full of chatter and trade, if only we could sense it. Come and discover the secret life of trees at this fascinating talk. You’ll be amazed!

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust website.

Stalking the Hardy Ash Photography Walkshop, 6.15pm - 8.00pm    

Meet at Kentish Town rail & tube station. Finish at Old St Pancras Churchyard (nearest tube: King's Cross).

Just 150 years ago, poet and novelist Thomas Hardy oversaw the removal of gravestones in Old St Pancras Churchyard, leaning some of them up against an ash tree.  Following the hidden River Fleet, downriver from Kentish Town towards King's Cross, on this photography walkshop you will be uncovering unusual trees while “Stalking the Hardy Ash”. The walkshop will be led by Peter Coles, urban nature writer and photographer, and supported by urban ecologist Andrew Stuck. Madeleine Hodge of the Ash Project will also be taking part.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website. 

Learn more about The Ash Project.

Sydenham Hill Wood evening tree walk, 7pm - 9pm 

Meet inside the Crescent Wood Road gate by the London Wildlife Trust noticeboard, Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk, Southwark, London, SE26 6LS.

Uncover the secret woodland history of London on this free guided walk led by the London Wildlife Trust. Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remnants of the Great North Wood. It has a fascinating range of native tree species which show the ancient lineage of the habitats. Come and uncover the natural and cultural history of this landscape formed after the last Ice Age ended, some 10,000 years ago.  Free, but £2 donation recommended.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

 

Thursday 1 June

Wildlife Wonder Tree Photography Workshop, 12 noon - 4pm

Meet at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park Gatehouse, Thames Path, John Harrison Way, London, SE10 OQZ.

Come and get some top tips from professional wildlife photographer Iain Green and explore the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.

Book your place at: www.tcv.org.uk/greenwichpeninsula

Call Joanne Smith or Tony Day on 020 8293 1904 or email: [email protected] to find out more.

Garden Immersion (parent and baby friendly), 7.30am – 8.30am

Meet at The London Wildlife Trust Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Road, London, SE15 4EE.

‘Forest bathing’ is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature. This morning session will encourage you to use all five of your senses and identify local wildlife, native trees and shrubs. You’ll leave refreshed, relaxed and ready for the rest of your day.  Booking is essential. Parents of babies (under 12 months) and parents-to-be are very much encouraged to join in.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Pollen and pollution - street trees planting to avoid allergies, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Meet at Committee Room 3, City Hall, SE1 2AA.

Specialist allergy and asthma nurse Shenagh Hume and children’s garden designer Jackie Herald will discuss London’s street tree planting with health in mind. The first principle in treating any allergy is avoidance. Herald & Hume will argue that ‘designing out’ allergenic species in favour of a predominantly insect-pollinated palette, within a softer landscape, will help many people with allergies to work, rest and play better – and lead more productive, fulfilling lives.

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust Website

Forest School Taster Session, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Stephens House and Gardens Finchley, London N3 3QE

It's Half Term and London Tree Week! Come and join us for an inspiring Forest School taster session. Forest School is made up of a wide range of experiences and adventures, including mini beast hunts, pond dipping, shelter building and games.

Suitable for ages 6-9 years. Group capacity 10.

Cost: £10 per child

Please make sure you read the guide to Forest school document before booking.

Book your place via the Stephens House website.

Talk - Threat Detector -Ancient Woodland Needs . . . You!, 2.30pm - 3.30pm       

Meet at Committee Room 2, City Hall, SE1 2AA.     

This Woodland Trust session gives you  a hands-on taste of life as a ‘woods under threat detector’ volunteer looking at planning applications.   Come and learn the basics, signs to watch out for and how to assess a threat’s impact on ancient woodland.

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust Website.

Tall Tree Stories, 3pm – 4pm       

Meet on the lawn outside the cafe Fulham Palace Gardens, SW6 6EA.

Family fun, especially for children aged 7-plus. Come and hear about trees, some truths, some fibs, and have fun making up tall stories about them too. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.

London’s Urban Forest - Talk and guided walk with Paul Wood, 5:30pm - 8:30pm       

Meet at Committee Room 2, City Hall, SE1 2AA.

Paul Wood, author of a new book on 'London's Street Trees', will guide us through some interesting facts and observations about London's Urban Forest. He’ll then set off on a short guided walk of some interesting trees near City Hall.

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust website.

Great North Wood Tree Walk in Biggin Wood, 7pm – 8.30pm

Meet by the tennis courts off Biggin Hill.

This free guided walk will explore the fascinating world of trees. Come and discover the history of Biggin Wood as a part of the once vast Great North Wood. You’ll also learn how to identify trees using their flowers, leaves, bark and other features.  

No need to book.

Find more information at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

 

Friday 2 June

Forest Immersion (baby friendly), 7:30am - 8:30am

Meet at Cox's Walk Grove Tavern Entrance (just off Lordship Lane), Cox's Walk, Dulwich, London, SE22 8YU.

‘Forest bathing' is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature. This hour-long session will take inspiration from this practice, immersing you in the sight, sound, scent, texture and taste of Sydenham Hill Woods. Begin your day with a sensory plunge into nature with The London Wildlife Trust. This mindful tour of ancient woodland will focus your senses and leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to connect again with the world around you.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Ancient Woodlands in Yurt at Potters Field Park, 9am-5pm

Meet at Potters Field Park, SE1 2AA.

Imagine a wood. Picture a place from your childhood. Do you remember lush, green woodland with towering trees, birdsong and carpets of spring flowers? You’ve imagined ancient woodland – our richest wildlife habitat. Now come and explore the ancient woodland we’re bringing to the heart of London.

No booking required.

Brockley Street Trees Celebration,12:00 noon

Meet at Vanguard Street, SE8 4DP.

Come and celebrate the 21 new trees planted in the formerly treeless Vanguard Street in Lewisham. This event is hosted by the Brockley Society who raise funds for tree planting locally. Vicky Foxcroft, MP, will speak along with several other local people and groups.

Find out more at: http://brockleystreettrees.blogspot.co.uk/

The Importance of Woodland Carbon - Talk by Paddy Byrne, 12 noon – 2pm

Meet at Committee Room 3, City Hall, SE1 2AA.

Businesses often generate huge amounts of carbon, increasing greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. Paddy Byrne, ex Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Premier Paper Group and now a Woodland Trust volunteer discuss the Woodland Carbon scheme.  

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust website.                   

Trees and Technology – seminar with Paul Wood and Steve Pocock, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet at Convocation Hall, Church House, Westminster, SW1P 3AZ.

An expert panel will use case studies to show how recent developments in technology can help engage people and protect trees.

Book your free place via the Woodland Trust website.

Stalking the East End mulberries, 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Start: Stepney Green tube station Finish: Victoria Park

Dip into the mulberry’s intriguing history. Come and find mulberry trees and much more on this intriguing walk around the East End.

Suitable for adults, children must be accompanied.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

Saturday 3 June

Ancient Woodlands in Yurt at Pottersfield Park, 9am-7pm

Meet at Potters Field Park, SE1 2AA.

Imagine a wood. Picture a place from your childhood. Do you remember lush, green woodland with towering trees, birdsong and carpets of spring flowers? You’ve imagined ancient woodland – our richest wildlife habitat. Now come and explore the ancient woodland we’re bringing to the heart of London.

No booking required.

Beginners Tree Walk, 2pm - 3:15pm

Meet at Alexandra Park - Precise location to be confirmed closer to the date.

This walk led by The Friends of Alexandra Park will look at a few of the park’s many trees. Learn how to identify them and see what is special about the trees.

Free. No need to book.

Find out more at: www.friendsofalexandrapark.org

Walking-lore: Family storytelling in Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods, 2pm – 4pm

Meet at the entrance to Cox's Walk (just off Lordship Lane), Dulwich, London, SE22 8YU.

Discover the legends and folktales of the woods with The London Wildlife Trust. Your senses will guide you through Dulwich and Sydenham woodland. Hear the tale of the orphaned Lambeth girl. She lived among the trees and used them to stow away a book she’d written in her own secret language. Find out how the wood became a latter day haven for wildlife.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Poison in the Wood - Deadly Plants, 4.30pm - 6.30pm       

Meet at Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX.

On this guided walk you’ll learn about the  beautiful but deadly flora living in this idyllic urban woodland oasis in Mile End.  Your guide, Ken Greenway, is a keen forager, so knowing some plants to avoid can help sharpen your wild food hunting skills.

Cost: £12/£10, booking essential.

Book your tickets at: http://www.fothcp.eventbrite.com/.

Find out more on the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park website.

Walking-lore: Family storytelling in Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Wood, 6pm – 8pm

Meet at the entrance to Cox's Walk (just off Lordship Lane), Dulwich, London, SE22 8YU.

Discover the legends and folktales lurking in the woods with The London Wildlife Trust. Your senses will guide you through Dulwich and Sydenham woodland. You’ll trace the tale of the orphaned Lambeth girl, who lived among the trees and used them to stow away a book which she had written in her own secret language. Discover the ghosts of the Victorians who cut through the wood only for the wood to fight back and become a haven for wildlife.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.

Bat Walk, 8.30pm - 10.30pm

Meet at Soanes Centre, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London, E3 4PX.

Join Ken Greenway, a volunteer bat worker with Natural England on this walk with bat detectors to listen out for our furry friends. The detectors help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food.  This is an after dark event - every two children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Cost: £15/children free, booking essential.

Book your place at: http://www.fothcp.eventbrite.com.

Find out more at: www.fothcp.org.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.

Sunday 4 June

Garden Immersion, 10am-11am    

Meet at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening,SE15 4EE.

‘Forest bathing' is a form of active mindfulness when walking in nature (nothing to do with swimming!). This 'Garden Immersion' session with The London Wildlife Trust, will take inspiration from this thoughtful practice, showing you that even if you're not in a forest, you can always take a sensory dip in nature. At the Centre for Wildlife Gardening we will encourage you to draw upon all five of your senses, helping you to identify local wildlife, native trees and shrubs so you leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Book your free place: Eventbrite.

Find out more at the London Wildlife Trust website.                          

Celebrating Trees in Tottenham – various events, 12.00 noon – 5pm                  

More info at: http://www.tottenhamtrees.org/tree-events.html. Email: [email protected]                  

  • Tree drawing with Tottenham Art Classes 12.00 noon- 2pm. Meet Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green, Seven Sisters, N15                                                      
  • Tottenham Tree quiz, 2pm. Meet Tottenham Green Market, Tottenham Green, Seven Sisters, N15           
  • Storytelling 2pm Meet Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green, Seven Sisters, N15    
  • Tree ID: walk identifying the trees on the Green, 3pm. Meet Tottenham Green Market, Tottenham Green, Seven Sisters, N15
  • Celebrating trees and their Champions: Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate on 40 anniversary of the Green Belt Movement she founded; Chico Mendes and the Amazon rainforest; the women of the Chipko Movement in India who 'hugged' trees and Felix Finkbeiner, who inspired by Wangari, aims to restore the world's forests. 3pm   Meet Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green, Seven Sisters, N15    

Smell & Touch Safari Lea Valley, 3pm-4.30pm      

Meet at the cafe within the park, White Lodge Mansion, Springfield Park, E5 9EF.

Explore urban nature and green spaces through your senses of smell and touch on this urban safari. Learn how to discern and capture the scents and smells (fragrant and noxious odours too), at while discovering secret haunts and the little known history of smell. Trace leaves, rub trunks, and stroke branches – on this hands-on walkshop.

Adults and accompanied children aged 12 plus. Please indicate number of children when booking. The route includes walking on uneven surfaces and rough ground, so come prepared.

Book your free place: Eventbrite

Find out more at the Museum of Walking website.                                                                 

Ash to Ash - The past, present and future for the tree, 4pm-5.30pm

Meet at the Roger Smith Room, The Wesley Hotel, Euston, NW1 2EZ.

The Ash Project has been commissioned by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an urgent response to the devastating effects of Ash dieback. It is centred around a major new commission by artists Ackroyd & Harvey. Photographer and author Edward Parker will talk to Ackroyd & Harvey to explore the links between their commission and the history of the Ash Tree. 

Book your free place at The Woodland Trust website.

Listen to the trees audio trail, 10am-4pm

Meet at Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA.

Come and listen to the trees in Potters Fields Park. In this audio trail the trees tell stories to inspire us and inform us about: Treelaxation; Poetree; Histree; Biodiversitree; AirQualitree.

 

Free to attend. No booking required.

Find out more on the Woodland Trust website.