The Urban Tree Festival writes
2021 marks the Urban Tree Festival’s fourth year
As lockdown eases in the UK, we hope to bring some on-the-ground events and activities, however, the majority of the Urban Tree Festival is online.
Building on the success of our entirely on-line festival last year, that introduced us to new audiences across the UK and far beyond, we organisers are determined to deliver a broader and more diverse festival programme. The majority of activities and events are free, so look forward to virtual walks, self-guided trails, video, writing, online participatory events, apps and social media galore – let’s celebrate urban trees, our sanity saviours during lockdown.
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.
For the past three 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.
In 2021, with the help of charity CPRE London, we secured funding from the Mayor of London through the London Urban Forest Plan, which has helped us recruit a freelance Festival Coordinator and supported efforts to make the festival more accessible and diverse.
We have also received funding from charity trees for Cities, consistent supporters who were unable to support us as the pandemic broke. We have also been commissioned to create activities for Nine Elms (LB Wandsworth) and the Hogarth’s House & Museum (LB Hounslow).
A key funding component however, was the generosity of individual festival-goers and supporters last year, that not only helped us to distribute honoraria to contributors, but meant we were able to carry-over a surplus to support this year’s Festival.
We do of course want to keep the festival financially sustainable and we welcome potential partners. Please see our Sponsorship page.