You are invited to join a ‘tree-mendous’ weekend of tree celebrations in Exmouth as part of National Tree Week. Many activities will be taking place in Phear Park – including a tree trail, tree stories from local residents and tree talks all on Saturday, November 23 from 11am.
Find out all the day’s events below…
Phear Park from 8:00
Join us early to fire up a charcoal burner and learn about this ancient art opposite Bumble & Tee Cafe.
Tree Library – Marpool Hill Scout Hut, 11:00–16:00
Drop into our ‘Tree Library ‘ – leaf through a wide variety of books about tree facts and fiction and view a display of tree stories by local people. Pick up a self-guided tree trail (suitable for families ) and find out what’s on in the day and what refreshments are on offer.
Tree Talks – Marpool Hill Scout Hut, 11:30–12:00
What can we learn from trees and what is the role of trees in a changing landscape? Short talks on the cultural and environmental significance of trees with Earth System Scientist Tom Powell, Exeter University and artist and educator Anne-Marie Culhane.
A Shared Vision for Exmouth Trees – Marpool Hill Scout Hut, 12:00–14:00
Explore together a shared vision for trees in Exmouth, hosted by Exmouth Tree Project. Please bring your thoughts and ideas to share on a giant map of Exmouth and surrounding area with the local community and landowners (including the National Trust, East Devon Council, Exmouth Town Council and Clinton Devon Estates).
Free Forest School – Phear Park, 12:00–16:00
Have fun with Chris Holland throughout the afternoon in the park and teepee with creative stick games, nature connection activities, Oak tree listening (with sound artist Tony Whitehead) and charcoal burning. This is also a great time to walk self-guided tree trail.
Print workshop – Phear Park & Marpool Hill Scout Hut, 14:00–16:00
Enjoy a print workshop with artist and printmaker Sue Deakin ,inspired by trees in the park and other wildlife, plants and organisms that trees live in relationship with. Meet at the Scout Hut. Children under 12 welcome with an adult. Places are limited. Please reserve a place in advance.
Sharing Tree Stories – Phear Park, 16:30–18:00
Sharing stories about trees In Bumble & Tee Cafe or around the fire (depending on the weather). Bring along a short tree story, poem or extract (up to around 5 minutes) to read out or to be read by a storyteller.
Other events over the weekend
Celebrating Trees is part of a weekend of tree-focused activity. Why not also join us on Sunday 24 November for Community Tree Planting at St John’s Road playing field from 12:00–16:00. Help plant native saplings and trees alongside Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve.
All ages welcome and well-behaved dogs on leads. Drinks and snacks will be provided and bring a spade if you have one. Meet at St John’s Road playing field, opposite junction to Churchill Road.