9th October 2020
Morus Londinium is proud to announce that the Urban Tree Festival has been voted winner of this year's London Tree and Woodland Awards Lockdown category. Peter Coles, Morus Londinium's mulberry specialist and co-initiator of the project with the Conservation Foundation in 2016 was also one of the co-founders of the Urban Tree Festival back in 2018 and was a contributor and Steering Committee member for this year's Lockdown version of the Festival, which was entirely online. Peter's virtual walk around Chiswick's historic mulberry trees can still be viewed on YouTube, along with other content from the Festival..
Morus Londinium has been working with other Steering Group members for several years and all are well known in the London 'tree world' - Andrew Stuck (aka Museum of Walking), Paul Wood (author of Street Trees and London is a Forest), Mel Sutton (yoga and meditation teacher), Simon Edwards (GP and Director/founder of the TiCL tree app), Greg Packman (Senior Tree Inspector for London Borough of Islington), Peter Fiennes (author of Oak and Ash and Thorn), Neil Sindon (Director f CPRE London) and Anna Liu (award-winning architect and long-standing supporter of UTF). A number of amazing young volunteers from Napier University and Goldsmiths, University of London were also key to the Festival's success.
The other finalists were Rachel Summers, who chalked tree names and descriptions on Walthamstow pavements and Tree Talk, a website that enables users to plan their own customised urban tree walks, with descriptions of the trees they wil encounter.
Thanks to all who made the Urban Tree Festival 2020 a success and of course to those who voted for it.
See the Awards announcement video here.