Urban Tree Festival

by MUSEUM OF WALKING in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 29th April 2018 we successfully raised £1,730 with 73 supporters in 21 days

Support the first ever Urban Tree Festival in London 18-20 May 2018

by MUSEUM OF WALKING in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

The more money we raise the more varied and lower priced events  can be offered during the first ever Urban Tree Festival


We want to bring the first Urban Tree Festival to London.  This three day event (18-20 May) will celebrate the trees in our streets, public gardens and parks and the role trees play in our lives.

Did you know London is a forest? – It is estimated that there are over 8 million trees in London and they cover around 20% of the city’s land area.  Not only do trees add to the beauty of our city, but they are also part of our heritage and are good for our health and mental wellbeing.  

The Urban Tree Festival celebrates these marvels of nature through a series of walks, talks and other activities, available at subsidised cost (£10 per ticket, rather than £15-£20), but we need your pledges/donations to make this happen. So far we have scheduled activities ranging from mindfulness sessions to photography walks, walking trails (see the TiCL app) to stalking mulberries. But we want to extend these further with other events.

Our target is to reach £1,500. If we raise more than this we will be able to put on even more events

b17c0e3ce72ed8bfead195b7357edf4caee2fbb7Trees for Cities, the charity that works on an international scale planting trees and greening cities are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and wishes to support the first ever Urban Tree Festival offering to match every pledge up to £1,500.  This means we would raise £3,000 overall.

Pledge today and make sure that even more people can join in the fun.

By making a £10 pledge you qualify for a subsidised ticket on one of our events. Just choose the events you would like to join from among the rewards on the right hand column of this page. Pledge £10 for a ticket to the event of your choice.

By making a larger pledge you qualify for other rewards and help us reach our target faster.

We would love to receive donations too. This  would enable us to run a competition with prizes for the best photograph, drawing, essay or poem.  We will honour you on our list of Urban Tree Festival Supporters too.

So how we will the money we raise be spent?

  • Subsidising 14 activities already scheduled  £1,950
  • Expected Festival costs - breakdown:
  • Insurances, permissions, venue hire and Chelsea Fringe registration  £320
  • Marketing, video, leaflets and domains £250
    Recruiting volunteers & associated expenses £150
  • Administration, ticketing commission, bank charges £330


Urban Tree Festival - who are we?

We are a group of committed Londoners and tree enthusiasts (Andrew, Peter,  Paul and Mel), who over the last year, have run many different tree events, from photography to poetry, from mindfulness to tree ID.  We want to build on these and broaden the Festival so there’s something for everyone.

Andrew, founder of the Museum of Walking, devises events that get you learning about trees in fun and active ways.  His Twitter handle is @museumofwalking Peter is creator of Morus Londinium, a treasure trove of London Mulberry heritage.  He is a photography tutor as well. His Twitter handle is @LMulberries Paul is the author of “London Street Trees” sharing his knowledge of 300+ tree varieties to be found on the streets of London.  He is @thestreettree on Instagram / Twitter.  Mel is a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher with a passion for working among trees, helping others to find peace and reduce their mental chatter.  Her Instagram is @naturalhealthwithmel

We have been joined by Simon who has created the TiCLme app and website with which you can follow countless tree trails or discover art in the park.

THE URBAN TREE FESTIVAL 18-20 May 2018 - is produced by the Museum of Walking with the participation of TiCL Media Ltd. and supported by Trees for Cities

Who doesn't love a tree? And we all have a favourite. Perhaps it's one you walk by regularly.  We've been marvelling at the Mimosa tree this month and we know that soon the cherry blossoms will lifting hearts and adding comfort to those of us who live in cities.  How lucky we are to have so much divers beauty on our doorsteps.

We hurry to work often without noticing trees, yet they make us feel better and connect us to our higher self. Just looking at trees can be inspiring and calming. They bring colour and vibrancy to the urban environment,while their stillness reminds us of our deeper spiritual nature.  

We hope you will agree that a celebratory URBAN TREE FESTIVAL is a cause worth supporting. Join us in celebrating our city's trees.

Festival Programme of events - as at 8 April

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

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Tree Haiku poet

Haiku in Queen’s Wood N10 Sun 20 May 5.00pm-6.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this event led by @museumofwalking Andrew Stuck We are off to Haiku in Queen’s Wood, to step into a woodland wonderland. Walk with us composing haiku, through one of London’s best preserved woods and having fun capturing London’s natural heritage in just 3 lines and 17 syllables.

£10 or more

9 of 20 claimed

Mulberry Stalker

Mulberry Stalker: Inns & Monasteries City of London EC4V Fri 18 May 11.00am-1.00pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by expert on London’s mulberry tree heritage, Peter Coles People associate mulberries with the Huguenot silk weavers, but they have played a part in London life since Medieval times. Grown for their delicate fruit, they sweetened the dishes of medieval dining tables and have valuable medicinal properties.

£10 or more

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness amongst Trees, Ruskin Park SE5 - Fri 18 May 12.45pm-13.35pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this event with Mel Sutton, yoga & mindfulness teacher: Learn simple ways to be calm and connect to your greater sense of wellbeing. Mindful walking, senses and a colour visualisation will be practices in this lunchtime walk-shop.

£10 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Urban Forest Explorer

Urban Forest Explorer: Hampstead NW3 Fri 18 May 6.30pm-8.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by @TheStreetTree, Paul Wood, author of 'London's Street Trees: a Field Guide to the Urban Forest' A closer look at the remarkable diversity of kerbside trees to be found in NW3. We can expect to see at least a dozen different tree species from elegant Birches to one of London’s largest Plane trees. Please note: some fairly steep hills!

£10 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Urban Forest Explorer

Urban Forest Explorer: Peckham SE15 Sat 19 May 10.30am-12.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by @TheStreetTree, Paul Wood, author of 'London's Street Trees: a Field Guide to the Urban Forest' Head to the temperate climes of Peckham, where a fascinating variety of trees - old and new - may be encountered on the hip streets of this trendy south London enclave - thanks to the enlightened planting decisions of Southwark Council.

£10 or more

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Tree Haiku poet

Haiku in a Japanese Garden, Peckham Rye SE15 Sat 19 May 1.00pm-2.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by @museumofwalking Andrew Stuck Free form walk in which you get to learn how 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 walk.

£10 or more

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Tree stalker

Stalking the Hardy Ash photography walk from Kentish Town Sat 19 May 3.00pm-5.00pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by urban tree photographer Peter Coles 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. We follow the hidden River Fleet uncovering unusual trees while “Stalking the Hardy Ash”.

£10 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the city, St Giles-in-the-Field WC2H 8LG Sat 19 May 4.00pm-5.15pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this event with Mel Sutton Experience how the mind and breath are closely entwined. As we calm our breath we experience a calmer mind and a spiritual connection to the earth. Walking and breath, connecting to the senses and using colour and sound, this will be an immersive experience into mindfulness.

£10 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Urban Forest Explorer

Urban Forest Explorer: Stoke Newington Sun 20 May 10.30am-12.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by @TheStreetTree, Paul Wood, author of 'London's Street Trees: a Field Guide to the Urban Forest' Discover the remarkable diversity of exotic and native trees planted in this part of Hackney - London's Urban Arboretum. We will see rare trees such as Wild Service and one of London's largest Handkerchief trees.

£10 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Mindfulness

Visualisation & Movement, Red Cross Garden SE1 Sun 20 May 11.15am-12.45pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this event with Mel Sutton Explore gentle yoga breath and movement, visualisation and ways to focus the mind in different ways. This event will give you a toolbox of mindful techniques as you develop your own practice.

£10 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Mulberry Stalker

Stalking King James I’s mulberries, Deptford SE8 Sun 20 May 12.30pm-2.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this walk led by expert on London’s mulberry heritage, Peter Coles (@Lmulberries) Mulberry trees are often associated with the silk industry, as their leaves are the sole diet of the silkworm. But King James 1 grew them for their fruit. Deptford and Greenwich have a number of mulberries, young and old, with fascinating stories to tell.

£10 or more

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Tree or False?

Tree or False? Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Gardens SE1 Sun 20 May 2.00pm-3.30pm Pledge £10 to guarantee a spot on this family event led by @museumofwalking Andrew Stuck Reckon you know the facts from the fibs about trees & nature? This is a fun and interactive walkshop which will follow the park's "Ice Age Tree Trail" to bolster your knowledge of interesting tree facts with a unique spin on "true or false". Accompanied children come free!

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Take a friend to the trees

Pledge £25 We'll give you two tickets redeemable against events during the Urban Tree Festival - you don't have to pre-book, you just turn up!

£80 or more

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Private yoga class with Mel Sutton

Pledge £80 Mel will come to your home and give you a private one hour yoga class for you and up to 3 mates - London only. To be arranged directly with Mel. You can add 4 tickets to any Urban Tree Festival Event by donating £100.

£100 or more

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Street Tree VIP

Donate £100 and we'll give you and two friends an exclusive 2 hour walk led by @TheStreetTree, Paul Wood, author of 'London's Street Trees: a Field Guide to the Urban Forest'.

£100 or more

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Urban Tree Patron

Donate £100 and become an Urban Tree Supporter. This reward is particularly geared to organisations who will not only receive 5 tickets to any event during the Urban Tree Festival, but will also be offered the chance to have their logo and links to their website on our publicity materials.

£150 or more

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Tree Photography VIP

Pledge £150 for A 2 hour one-to-one outdoor photography masterclass or portfolio review within London Travelcard Zone 1 & 2 with Peter Coles, photography tutor to MA students at Goldsmiths.

£450 or more

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Bespoke Tree walkshop

Pledge £450 and for up to 20 people we will devise a 90 minute tree walkshop (workshop on foot) for your organisation or party of friends. London only. We will reward you with the title 'Ruler of the Urban Forest 2018'.

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