Exeter celebrates National Tree Week

PUBLISHED: 10:02 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 June 2010

PEOPLE in Exeter are being encouraged to learn more about local trees with a series of events, running from November 25 to December 7, in celebration of National Tree Week.

PEOPLE in Exeter are being encouraged to learn more about local trees with a series of events, running from November 26 to December 7, in celebration of National Tree Week.

Fans of local trees are invited to the opening of the Seeing the Wood and the Trees photo exhibition on Tuesday, November 25, at the Exeter Picturehouse which runs until Sunday, December 7.

Images by Paul Sandy, will show a wide range of treescapes including local woodlands, parks, pastures and formal gardens.

In this debut exhibition, a total of 30 original images by Sandy will showcase the specimens from throughout the city.

On Wednesday, November 26, at 6.30pm, award winning naturalist and author of Illustrated History of the Countryside, Oliver Rackham, will give a talk on the past, present and future of trees and woodlands in the British Isles.

Entry to the event, at Exeter Central Library's Music Room, is free.

Families can celebrate National Tree Week, at 'Heavitree's Tree-Mendous Day Out' on Saturday, November 29, from 11am to 3pm at Heavitree Pleasure Grounds. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in a day of games, natural play, storytelling and traditional woodcraft under the canopies of some of Exeter's green giants.

Exeter's Play Rangers, the 'Art Guy', and Woodcraft Folks, will lead free 'have a go' sessions through out the day.

Councillor Kevin Mitchell, Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure said: "Exeter has a rich natural heritage which includes a number of historically and socially significant trees in our city parks. We are delighted to be able to celebrate this heritage for a second year."

People wanting to know more about these events and other Tree Week Activities in Exeter, should visit www.exeter.gov.uk/trees or contact (01392)262642.

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