A forest, a story forest in Camden! 2025 trees to be planted by 2025! In the spirit of greening up Camden, and to build a community of concerned citizens, the idea of a Camden Story Forest arose.
It was at the Think and Do on Kentish Town Road in 2019 that Mike Jenn first mooted the idea. He realised that there were many trees on offer from the major of London’s fund in collaboration with the Trust for Conservation. Most were allocated to community planting sites, but why not supplement these with a ‘Citizens’ Forest’ planted in private gardens? 2025 trees by 2025 seemed a good target. Tree Guardians would be needed to plant and take care of the trees. Then some more ideas came in. Then some more ideas came in. Historically, trees had stories – of commemoration and witness, of folk law and spiritual significance. In this vein, the trees in our forest could have stories too: stories at their planting, and developing stories.
What makes the Camden Forest different to other tree projects, is that each tree that is planted in our citizens’ forest will have a ‘story guardian’ to witness and commemorate the lives of its guardians. Historically, trees have always attracted folklore and spiritual significance. Every tree is numbered and mapped on the borough map on our website in order for us to collectively view our Camden Forest.
The Camden Forest is a community response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency which Camden Council declared in October 2019. It also seeks to address two of the recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly, which Camden Council convened in July 2019:
1. Plant more trees.
2. Mobilise the community.
These actions will be included in Camden Council’s new Climate Action plan. The Camden Forest team would like to thank the Trust for Conservation Volunteers for their part in helping create a Camden Forest.
Now the Story Forest is underway, with a rapidly growing number of guardians accepting trees and building their stories. You can see these on the map of the Camden Story Forest.
Join us, and put your tree on the map.