Urban Tree Festival 2020

The Urban Tree Festival is a celebration of urban and suburban trees, woods, forests, scrubland, hedgerows and all the wild places that bring life and joy to our cities. In 2020 the Festival ran from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 May.  It is hosted on a new website and boasts a new logo, designed by 18 year old Ben Howe.

See what you missed:  https://urbantreefestival.org

In the light of the current situation, we had to cancel all the main, social, outdoor Urban Tree Festival activities we had planned. We lost key funder and had to rethink and redesign the Festival all on-line. As organisers, we were united in our determination that the Festival must go ahead, and we believe that together we could make the third Urban Tree Festival a huge success. More than 5,000 people became aware of the Festival, many events had more than 100 bookings, and donations were received from 240 generous people.  You can catch up on the live event you may have missed by viewing our You tube channel. If you feel so inclined, we are selling copies of “Canopy” an illustrated anthology of poems and short stories, of which all proceeds will go to supporting future Urban Tree Festivals.  If you don’t want a book, but feel generous, the Festival is still accepting donations

The Festival is still very much a Museum of Walking production , but these days there are many more people involved and we felt it was time to list events on a website of its own.

For the past two years we have celebrated our urban trees with a bonanza of events: walks, workshops, talks, parties, practical advice for planting and maintenance and, yes, tree-hugging.

The festival is run by a small group of volunteers. We are also looking to recruit volunteers with a range of skills in marketing, fundraising, event management, as well as people who can help out during the festival at events around London.

We do of course want to keep the festival financially sustainable and we welcome potential partners. Please see our Sponsorship page.

You can help our cause by making a donation or booking an event.


The Urban Tree Festival is produced by the Museum of Walking, London assisted by a Voluntary Steering Group.

  • Dr Peter Coles – nature photographer and writer, author of ‘Mulberry’
  • Simon Edwards – director of TiCL Media Ltd
  • Peter Fiennes – author of ‘Oak and Ash and Thorn: the ancient woods and new forests of Britain’
  • Angus Hanton – chair of Trustees, Bell House, Dulwich
  • Anna Liu – partner in award-winning architects Tonkin Liu
  • Greg Packman – London Borough of Islington tree officer
  • Neil Sinden – Director of CPRE London and a Trustee of Common Ground
  • Andrew Stuck – founder of the Museum of Walking in 2007, and the Urban Tree Festival in 2018
  • Mel Sutton – meditation, mindfulness instructor and natural health coach
  • Paul Wood – artist and author of ‘London’s Street Trees’ and ‘London is a Forest’
  • Carole Wright – community orchardist and bee keeper

We have a network of incredibly hard-working volunteers including: Alex Rook, Caroline Bourne,  Simon Billinton, John Humphries, Rachele Markle, Erica Cham, Ross Findlay, Natalia Jurkun, Nataliia Starikova, Sarah Roig and Alana Cook.