It’s National tree Week!

A programme of completely free tree-inspired art and culture events

National Tree Week has celebrated the start of every tree planting season since 1975, planting millions of trees around the UK. However, this year, coronavirus measures will mean many events must be cancelled to keep everyone safe (read our update on tree planting in light of the current English lockdown.)While we cannot gather to plant and care for trees as we usually do, The Tree Council is still bringing people together to celebrate trees by offering a free online programme of arts and culture events.

Sign up to a free online event today

Events include a very special conversation between bestselling writer duo Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) and Jonathan Drori (Around the World in 80 Trees). Other enticements include live, tree-inspired, musical offerings, a panel discussion on art and trees featuring leading practitioners and much, much more.

Sessions are free, but a kind donation would help us and the trees to thrive if you can. Take a look below and join us for one or more of these fantastic sessions. (See the link to book a place at the bottom of this post)

More events are being confirmed all the time, so check back regularly to see what else we have planned!

Calendar of events

trees and art

Trees & Art: a conversation

Hear from leading artists, curators and art historians on the role trees have played in art through the ages, and why it’s never been more important for art to connect us to our amazing trees.

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020
Time: 18:00 – 19:00, on Zoom

adrian houston tree portraits

Tree Portraits: a workshop with beguiling photographer Adrian Houston

Renowned photographer Adrian Houston shares the secrets of tree portraiture, with reference to some of his stunning tree photography.Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Time: 18:00 – 19:00, on Zoom

on the sofa with tracy chevalier and jonathan drori

On the sofa with Tracy Chevalier and Jonathan Drori

From their sofa, bestselling author duo Chevalier and Jonathan Drori explore the world of trees together, through their different lenses, and read a little from their work.

Date: Saturday 5 December
Time: 19:00-20:00, on Zoom

geoff robb the music of trees

The Music of Trees: a live musical experience with classical guitarist Geoff Robb

Guitarist Geoff Robb will perform his show ‘The Music of Trees’ live – blending virtuoso guitar music inspired by nature with tree stories and folklore. Watch out for the uplifting lime trees!Date: Sunday 6 December 2020
Time: 14:30-15:30, on Zoom

english pastoral

English Pastoral: an audience with James Rebanks

The farmer, shepherd, writer and environmentalist talks about his latest book, English Pastoral: An Inheritance, and why trees matter to him. Chaired by acclaimed interviewer, presenter & writer Matthew Stadlen.

Date: Sunday 6 December 2020
Time: 19:00-19:45, on Zoom

Trees in Literature: William Boyd & Victoria Schwab in conversation

Literary superstars William Boyd and Victoria Schwab discuss their work and their connections with trees and the natural world.
Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020
Time: 18:30-19:30, on Zoom

To book a place on any event: https://treecouncil.org.uk/take-action/seasonal-campaigns/national-tree-week/join-our-free-national-tree-week-arts-culture-events/

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