When seen from above, more than half of London is either green or the blue/grey of water. We live in one of the greenest capitals on Earth, with parks, gardens and street trees all contributing to the verdant mat. London Tree Week, starting on Saturday, celebrates this leafy side of the capital.
The programme is fairly limited, but any event promoting interest in trees should be welcomed.
The main focus is the Rooting for Trees exhibition in City Hall’s cafe (you have to go through security, and down the ramp, but it’s worth it). Photographer Emma Phillips worked with The Tree Council to produce images of Tree Wardens at various locations where they feel most strongly connected with trees. 26-30 May
Perhaps even more stimulating, though, will be the series of free guided tree walks and other nature trails in various parts of town. Among others, take a tree walk around Abney Park cemetery (25 May), Upminster (25 May), Hyde Park (26 May), Kensington Gardens (27 May), Imperial War Museum gardens (29 May), Sydenham Hill Wood (29 May), Bankside Urban Forest (30 May), Bloomsbury (31 May) and the National Gallery’s arboreal paintings.
Also, Covent Garden is to get an installation of arty elm trees at some point, but the dates got postponed.