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 will run 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.

In the light of the current situation, we have had to cancel the majority of the main, social, outdoor Urban Tree Festival activities we have planned, along with submissions through our open callThis has meant we have had to rethink and redesign the Festival. As organisers, we are united in our determination that the Festival must go ahead, and we believe that together we can make the third Urban Tree Festival a huge success. With this in mind we will deliver as many events as we can. This means virtual walks, self-guided trails, video, writing, online participatory events, apps and social media.

If you would like to submit an idea for our virtual Festival, please use our Virtual Open Call form.We look forward to hearing from you!

If things change before May we will try and put on as many events as possible and run our final day celebration at Bell House, Dulwich, in South London.

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.

Announcing our new writing competition for poetry and stories of 250 words and under celebrating the Urban Tree Festival.  Competition opens Sunday 1 March and runs until midnight (BST) on Monday 13 April.  Winners will be published in Canopy a special illustrated anthology of poems and stories as well as receive an invitation to read their work at the Urban Tree Festival in London in May. Details of how to enter

Get creative writing tips from Rebekah Lattin_Rawstrone by downloading this audio-guide.


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’
  • 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