Tree Whisperers of Eden

Tree Whisperers of Eden

Sustain Eden project Cumbria Action for Sustainability Project funded by the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably fund

A celebration of Trees - Past, Present and Future

The Tree Whisperer Woodland Project is run by PACT as a partner of the Sustain Eden project coordinated by Cumbria Action for Sustainability and primarily funded by the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably fund.

Main Tree Whisperers project website

The Tree Whisperer project is coming to a close but you can share in some of the work created through the project in exhibitions at St Andrews, Penrith 20th September- 7th October and at the Soup Shop, Devonshire Arcade, Penrith - 20th September – end of October.

'Tree Whisperer' project offers free tree planting for community spaces in Penrith.

The Tree Whisperer project has helped a number of participating schools, such as North Lakes, to plant new trees in their school grounds and we would like to leave a wider community legacy. As a culmination of the project we are offering free tree planting to a number of community locations in and around Penrith. If you are involved with a community group or space such as a school, care home, social club or charitable organisation and you would like to add some new trees to your grounds please get in touch. Planting will take place during October and early November and will be overseen by an experienced woodland practitioner. Locations will be chosen at the end of September. For more info or to suggest a site please contact Emma Aylett 07806824467

Summer 2015 update:

Over the last 18 months the 'Tree Whisperer' project has provided woodland, creative and archive sessions to over 600 different pupils across 17 of Eden's primary schools. Our aim was to provide the opportunity and space for pupils to work with experienced woodland and creative practitioners in order to discover and learn about trees, sustainability and climate change through outdoor sessions in their school grounds and nearby woodlands

For example, pupils from Shap Endowed CofE Primary School, along with Dave Corrie from Eden Outdoors, planted trees in their school grounds and helped Tree Whisperers to make a film about how to plant trees. The pupils also went on to plant another 60 trees in their community woodland and to learn how to take photographs of trees with the photographer Rob Fraser.

Whilst Langwathby CofE Primary School worked with woodland practitioner Gareth Thomas. Whilst planting 45 trees in their school grounds pupils learnt all about their school's trees and their importance to the environment. The pupils then went on to make tree drawings with artist Nicki Smith

Tree Whisperers project at Shap Tree Whisperers project at Langwathby

To celebrate the culmination of the project we are holding an exhibition in and around St Andrews Church, Penrith from Friday 18th September to Wednesday 7th October. There will also be an exhibition at the Soup Shop in Penrith during September. Both exhibitions will feature the creative work of the pupils on the project. September will also see the launch of a Tree Whisperer video resource pack for schools and families created in collaboration with Gareth Thomas of Woodmatters. For more information please contact Emma Aylett

Autumn 2014 update:

Tree Whisperers, an Eden based education project focusing on trees and climate change, is this autumn/winter offering five schools in Eden free tree planting packages. This includes a tree consultation for the school grounds, a tree planting session for pupils and free saplings. If you know of an Eden school that would like to take up this offer please contact Emma Aylett 07806 824467

Tree Whisperers is also asking for the help of Eden's pupils to help form a 'creative tree archive' to celebrate our local trees. Selected work will be found on the project website and will be on public display next June. 'Our Trees' is running from November to May 2015 and free woodland, creative and archive workshops are on offer to participating schools.  More information.

July 2014 update:

As part of the Tree Whisperers project primary school groups from Eden enjoyed free tree sessions at Carlisle Archives during which they were able to learn about trees and woodlands past and present and the value of wood as a sustainable resource. Pupils were able to look at original documents and maps usually kept in the archive stores. The documents help tell the story of the vital contribution trees have made to Cumbria's past and how Eden's wooded landscapes have evolved over time.

Having learnt about trees during the archive workshops pupils were then able to enjoy sessions in local woodlands alongside woodland practitioners. They were able to share with pupils their knowledge and enthusiasm about trees and helped pupils explore, learn and make things in the beautiful woodlands of Eden. Through the workshops children learnt about and shared their thoughts on the importance to the environment of trees and their vital role in trapping the greenhouse gas CO2.

The Tree Whisperer project has been working in partnership with Carlisle Archives. Amongst their records are documents, images and maps which together tell a fascinating story of wood as a vital sustainable resource, an important local economic crop and important feature of a changing local landscape.

The project will continue in the next academic year culminating in a month long school and community celebration in Penrith in June 2015.

For more information please contact Emma Aylett on 07806 824467

More information on project (PDF)

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PACT Tree Whisperer project work
Used with permission of Carlisle Archive Centre