Camden Forest is a project to tackle climate change and increase biodiversity by planting more trees in our borough. In 2019 Mike Jenn had the idea of creating the Camden Forest! The plan is to plant 2025 trees in Camden by the year 2025. The trees are two-year-old ‘whips’ – provided free by The Conservation Volunteers. Since October 2020 nearly a thousand trees have been given away at farmers’ markets, schools and a mosque, or delivered by bike as part of permitted exercise during lockdown. Rowan, Crab Apple, Dogwood and Wild Cherry – all of which have blossoms and fruits that are essential for birds and pollinators – have been planted in estates, school grounds, private gardens and in large pots on balconies or terraces right across the borough from Somerstown to Hampstead. During lock down when tree giveaways were not possible the tree whips were delivered by the ReCyclists, a group of cyclists in Camden.
School students who became Tree Guardians have been inspired to write stories and poems by planting and caring for the trees, observing how they change through the seasons and watching them grow. The response to this project has been so enthusiastic that the Forest will start spreading to neighbouring boroughs of Islington and Haringey in the autumn.
For more information head to camdenforest2025.wordpress.com.
The Camden Forest-tellers is a new part of the Camden Forest in 2021, embracing seasonal change and telling stories and folklore of trees – our allies in the landscape: our allies in the fight against the climate and ecological emergency. Follow our Eventbrite page for info on our next Forest-tellers event. For more information head to camdenforest2025.wordpress.com,
Whether you’re a school or organisation with land to plant in, a business who would like to support the Camden Forest, a resident with a small place to plant a tree or interested in volunteering at tree giveaways – email firstname.lastname@example.org or use https://camdenforest2025.wordpress.com/contact-us/.