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TreemootInternationalStorytelling Festival

Celebrating

the cultural heritage

of The Great North Wood in Sydenham Hill,

Southeast London

Saturdays, April 27 - November 31

Guardians Treemoot Camp

Sydenham Hill, London

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If trees could speak  

 

A unique outdoor experience held in Southeast London, Treemoot Festival is an international gathering of storytellers, environmentalists, land defenders and traditional keepers of tree lore. Our aim is to create a parliament of trees to celebrate the culture and diversity of the Great North Wood in Southeast London. We will champion the rights of trees and forest defenders, share amazing stories of the woods and facilitate special workshops for participants from all ages.

 

How to join

All events in this festival are FREE. Our events are for all ages. the event is held in a field, with toilets within the premises are wheelchair accessible. If you have specific questions regarding accessibility please contact the site manager at slsc@southlondonscouts.org.uk Food and drinks are available at the festival camp, and camping sites are available in case you want to stay overnight.

You must register in advance if you wish to attend as there is limited availability

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Saturday April 27th, 11:30-16:00

The Parliament of Trees, opening by Nic Salazar Sutil

Gog, Magog and the Guardians of London, by Janet Dowling 

Me, The Tree with Dermot Daly

+ Woodland foraging and oak ceremony with Chris and Nadean Foster  (15:00-16:00)

Treemoot festival calendar

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Saturday May 18th, 14:00-16:30

Stories of the Atlantic Forest and the Kariri Xoco people (Brazil)

with Tawana Kariri-Xoco

+ Tree planting ritual with Tawana (15:00-16:30)

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Saturday June 15th, 14:00-16:30

Old Tree Stories from Palestine and Lebanon

with Alia Alzougbi and Elias Matar facilitated by Nesreen Hussein

Peace prayer by Old Cedar of Lebanon

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Saturday July 27th, 14:00-16:30

Nomad Stories of the Woods

with Richard O’Neill and Damian Le Bas

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Saturday September 28th, 14:00-16:30

World Trees and Travellers: Women and the Rights of Trees

with Laura Angela Collins and Lisa Schneidau

 Seasonal workshop with Emma Beard (15:00-16:00)

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Saturday October 26th, 14:00-16:30

African Tree Tales

with Leonard Mindore (Kenya) and Kamilu Hassan Hamza (Nigeria)

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Saturday November 30th, 14:00-16:30

The Great Treemoot with James Berridge, Rhona Iris

and Nic Salazar Sutiil

Storytellers from different corners of the world will be gathering in Sydenham Hill Wood to share stories of trees and traditional ecological knowledge.

 

All sessions will include walks along Sydenham Hill Wood, and voluntary workshops where you can learn about tree planting, foraging, woodland management and climate action, to better understand threats affecting trees.

 

All storytelling sessions will be held at Treemoot Camp, located in The Fort, Grange Lane. The site is fully equipped with toilets, showers, camping plots and picnic areas.

 

Treemoot Camp is within the historical Great North Wood, the nearest ancestral woodland to any capital city centre in Europe.

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Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree

Emily Bronte

Every leaf a Hallelujah

Ben Okri

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Sydenham Hill train station

Treemoot Camp, The Fort

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How to get here

Treemoot Festival camp

The Fort

Grange Lane

SE21 7LH

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Public transport

Nearest station is Sydenham Hill (Southern Trains), 13 minutes from Victoria

Parking is available at The Fort

All storytelling sessions will be held at the Treemoot Camp, and afternoon workshops will be held at the Tree Rescue Hub, across the road

About the Storytellers and Facilitators

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Alia Alzougbi

Alia is a storyteller from Lebanon living and working in the UK. Her work lies at the intersection of art and social and environmental justice. She is the CEO of Shubbak Festival.

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Emma Beard

Emma is storyteller from East Sussex also Green Party Councillor for Horsham District and steward of Old Beard's Wood

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Laura Angela Collins

Laura, mother of three, is an award winning human rights activist; author of 'The Tinker Menace: Diary of an Irish Traveller,' group leader of the 'Justice4All Women and Children' campaign and Partnerships Coordinator at the Traveller Movement.

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Dermot Daly

Dermot is a British theatre director, film-maker and storyteller based in Leeds, Creative Associate of the Geraldine Connor Foundation and former Artistic Director of Freedom Studios.

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Janet Dowling

Janet is a storyteller, psychiatric social worker and family therapist, as well as Morris dance practitioner, based in Devon.

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Chris and Nadean Foster

Sustainable living campaigners based in Kent, with profound knowledge of foraging, food and water activism, and yoga.

 

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Kamilu Hassan Hamza

Kamilu is an historian and keeper of stories of the Maguzawa or Hausa animists, also founder and director of Al Fitra school in Kano, Nigeria

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Nesreen Hussein

Nesreen is an Egyptian and British performance artist, author and researcher, working as Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre at Middlesex University.

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Tawana Kariri Xoco

Tawana is the spiritual and cultural

leader of the Kariri-Xoco Fulkaxo people of the Opara River in Northeastern Brazil, leader of Reserva Ecologica Fulkaxo.

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Damian Le Bas

 

Damian is a writer from West Sussex. His book The Stopping Places, which described a year spent travelling around traditional Romany camping grounds, won the Somerset Maugham and  Jerwood awards.

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Elias Matar

 

Elias is Palestinian storyteller, director, playwright and performer who grew up in Galilee where he founded Ibillin Theatre and El Bayet Centre for Performing Arts.

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Leonard Mindore

Leonard is a land defender and community leader of the Ogiek people of Mau Forest, director of Program for the Heritage of Ogiek and Mother Earth (Pro-Home)

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Richard O'Neill

 

Richard is a master storyteller from Northeast England, brought up in the nomadic storytelling tradition, also a woodcarver and engraver

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Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Nic is  a Chilean and British human rights advocate and author, storyteller and community builder based in South East London.

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Lisa Schneidau

Lisa is a storyteller and author, botanical folk expert from Buckinghamshire, based in Devon.

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Lee Walther 

Lee is a woodland ranger, forester and storyteller based in East Sussex. 

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