7 Ways to Get Amongst the Trees This Summer

7 Ways to Get Amongst the Trees This Summer

Pictured top: Fettle Fields

We’re going mad for trees here at Time & Leisure this summer. From art exhibitions to tree talks and guided walks, there are so many ways to get into the forest and commune with our ancient leafy friends.

1 Celebration of Trees Exhibition

Cannizaro House, 4-27 June

In collab with Friends of Cannizaro Park, works by 20 local artists will be showcased in a ‘Celebration of Trees’ exhibition. Each artist finds inspiration and spiritual nourishment from exploring and celebrating trees in their work. There will also be a fair few tree-themed events taking place at Cannizaro throughout the month, including a guided tree walk, forest bathing sessions and a tree sketching workshop.

2 Greg Packham at Cannizaro + Battersea Park

15 & 29 June

London’s eminent arboriculturist and tree guru Greg Packham will be leading walks around Cannizaro and Battersea Park throughout the summer. He’ll be leading a walk around Cannizaro Park’s diverse specimens from all over the world on the 15th June, from Redwoods to Eucalyptus. Catch him on the 29th June at Battersea Park, leading a tree identification walk. Or you can download Battersea Park’s interactive tree map and take yourself on your own guided tour around this iconic London park.

3 ‘How to Read a Tree’ with author Tristan Gooley

West Horsley Place, 25 June

Sunday Times and Amazon bestselling author Tristan Gooley will be at West Horsley Place delivering a talk around his newest book, ‘How to Read a Tree.’ The book revolves around teaching us the different shapes and patterns we see in trees and what they mean. Tristan Gooley has been teaching people the art of reading trees for two decades, and his talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience – plus the bar will be open!

4 The Last Tree and the Art of Nature

Polesden Lacey, throughout summer

In collaboration with best-selling author and renowned artist Luke Adam Hawker, you can view some of the most loved illustrations from his book ‘The Last Tree.’ Inside the house, Hawker’s artwork will be exhibited alongside Mrs Greville’s Fabergé and art collection.

5 Guided walk around Langley Vale Cemetery Wood

13 June 2024

You can join a short guided walk around Langley Vale Centenary Wood, discovering the history of the wood and the wildlife that live there. Hosted by a Woodland Trust leader, the walk will take you around the gorgeous sights of Langley, setting off from Derby Arms Pub in Epsom, and teaching you about the 180,000 trees planted by the National Trust commemorating the fallen soldiers of WW1.

6 Introductory Walk of Bushy Park

22 June

If you’d like to learn more about the scenic woodland of Bushy Park, you can join Friends of Bushy and Home Park on a 90-minute guided walk where you can learn about the unique history and wildlife within the park.

7 Peace in the Park: Summer Forest Bathing

Coombe Woods and Gardens, 1 June 2024

Head into the ornamental garden with its striking array of coniferous and broadleaved trees for a mindful forest bathing session with forest bathing guide Jane Innis.