Community Engagement

Tree walks, talks, and competitions


  • To encourage all Lewes children, and their families, to become more aware of the Lewes Urban Arboretum Project, all primary-aged pupils at Lewes schools were invited to enter the Friends of Lewes Tree Competition during June and July 2014. To take part in the competition, children were asked to create a picture, painting, poem, explanation or poster on the subject of: “I think trees are important to Lewes because……”. The prizes were a £10 Book Token for the winning pupil and a £50 Book Token and ten trees for the winning school. The results were announced on 5 September: Lily Taylor-Martin, age 9, of Lewes Old Grammar School Junior Department won first prize, and the runner-up was Liam Barbieri, age 6, of Southover School. Their entries can be seen on the Tree Poster Competition page. All of the children’s responses are celebrated on our Facebook page, and via Flickr.

Lily Taylor-Martin's winning entry

  • In Autumn 2013 we ran a successful photography competition, inviting people to take and share photographs of trees in Lewes.  The winners were George Cade, (Juniors), and Paul McDonald, (Adults).

Tree Walks and Talks

  • We arranged a Lewes town tree walk, led by David Saunders, a committee member and forestry consultant.
  • We have arranged very successful walks around Malling Deanery arboretum, in 2014 and 2015, both led by Hugh Morris, currently Lecturer in Tropical Ecology at the University of Ulm.
  • We gave a FoL lecture, “Time for Trees” about the project and existing trees in Lewes. This was delivered by David Saunders, who conducted the 2012 survey.
  • We gave a talk to the Lewes Rotary Club on the trees of Lewes. This was presented by Peter Thurman, FArborA, MICFor.
  • We have had a series of articles published in Sussex Express, such as “Why Lewes Must Treasure Trees”.
  • As part of Heritage Open Days in September 2015 Peter Thurman, a member of our trees committee, led a walk and talk around Malling Deanery.


  • We hope to develop a leaflet showing a “Tree Trail” of Lewes, using the information from David Saunder’s tree survey and the expertise of other members of the Trees Committee.

London Plane at Southover School, Lewes

London Plane at Southover School, Lewes