Urban Tree Festival – 16th to 24th May 2020
In May 2020, Dorchester took part (for the first time) in the national Urban Tree Festival under the theme of “Trees Be Company”, the title of one of William Barnes’ poems. The Festival ran from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th May and all the events and activities will be online due the the current outbreak of Coronavirus.
The London-based Urban Tree Festival is an annual celebration of urban and suburban trees, woods, forests, scrubland, hedgerows and all the wild places that bring life and joy to our cities. In the light of the current situation, this year’s events (from 16th – 24th May) also took place online. Whilst we could not hope to match the amazing programme organised by Urban Tree Festival in London, we arranged a few events that to increase people’s interest in the trees in and around Dorchester.
Our programme for the Urban Tree Festival in Dorchester included daily events, and some that took place over the nine days of the online Festival. We had an amazing amount of interest in our Festival in 2020, with over 3000 engagements on social media and 1500+ visits to the website. People took part in the daily Tree Quiz, nominated their favourite tree in the town, wrote and shared poem about tree that were special to them, and helped us map the ‘trees for bees’ across Dorchester.