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 2021 the Festival will run from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 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, similar to in May 2020, this year’s Festival is likely to be all on-line – if circumstances and restrictions are eased, we hope to have some events taking place on-the-ground.
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You can catch up on the live events from the Award-winning 2020 Festival 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 Museum of Walking is gently relinquishing its role in running the Urban Tree Festival by helping to set up an asset-locked Community Interest Company (not for profit social entries) with a website of its own.
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 (and beyond).
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
The Urban Tree Festival is produced 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
- 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: Erenie Mullens-Burgess, John Humphries, Nataliia Starikova and Alana Cook.