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Force for Nature Exhibition on tour!

The Tree Council

June 12, 2024

School children, teachers, and members of the public across the UK will discover the magic of trees this term as The Tree Council’s schools team takes the Force for Nature Exhibition on tour for a second summer.

Kicking off back where it all started a year ago, Team Tree Council will host a mini Exhibition at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Monday 17 June. Open to all, visitors to the gardens will have the opportunity to experiment with a Plant Wave, unveiling the magical sounds of a tree’s inner life and experiencing a connection to trees unlike anything else. In the afternoon, local teachers are invited to attend a bespoke teacher training session.

From 19-21 June, the Exhibition returns to The Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC, the UK’s biggest celebration of STEM for young people, for a jam-packed three days. One of only a handful of stands with a focus on the environment, visiting school children will be able to explore green careers, interact with our inspirational young ambassadors and discover our immersive Woodland Glade.

On 20 June, we’ll even be in two countries at once, as a member of the team hosts a stand at the Royal Highland Show!

The full Voices of Nature sound and light installation returns at St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff from where we will broadcast live our annual Force for Nature Festival on 27 June. This year’s action-packed festival will feature brand new segments, including live workshops and a night safari, as well as the usual celebration of our outstanding competition winners and new Young Tree Champions Beacon Schools.

Resident at the museum from 26-29 June and open to members of the public and invited schools, we are thrilled to also welcome the Running Out of Time relay team, who will drop by to meet visiting schools.

“Massive thanks to The Big Bang Fair and St Fagans for hosting the Force for Nature Exhibition. The exhibition is a platform for children and schools from across the UK to share their special connections with trees and nature and the difference they are making to tackle the climate and nature emergency. It’s so important that we give children, teachers and schools in some of the most deprived communities in the UK the opportunity to share their passion to inspire the nation to be a Force for Nature,” says Richard Pollard, head of the Tree Council’s National Schools Programme.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have a residency at St Fagans – our first visit to Wales, and to offer a unique stand at the Big Bang Fair. We’re constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and tenacity of the young people we meet in our Young Tree Champions schools, and we hope the Exhibition will spark that fire in thousands more young people this summer.”

Schools can now register to watch the live broadcast of the Force for Nature Festival on 27 June.

To find out more about The Tree Council’s Young Tree Champions programme, visit youngtreechampions.org.uk.

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