London Tree Week begins tomorrow (Saturday 27 May) with over 60 tree-themed events planned around the capital.

These include talks, guided walks and tours in streets, parks and woodlands. There’ll also be mindfulness, poetry, art and photography “walkshops”, children’s activities plus exhibitions at City Hall and Thames Chase Forest near Upminster.

The charity Trees for Cities, a partner in the programme, said: “It’s a week to love, appreciate and celebrate the capitals trees and all that they do for us. And with London’s tree alone having a collective economic value of £6 billion, we have a lot to celebrate.”

It is asking the public to submit stories and images on why they love London’s trees, for a chance to win a copy of Paul Wood’s London’s Street Trees: A Field Guide to The Urban Forest.

It is also making a map of the City of London Tree Trail available free for download, highlighting 11 of the Square Mile’s most significant trees.

At City Hall, an exhibition is showing highlights from projects working to engage London’s children in tree planting and outdoor education. Free trees are also being made available for schools to plant.

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