Community Engagement

Tree walks, talks, and competitions

Tree Walks and Talks

Tingle’s Way – Several members of the Trees Committee of Friends of Lewes have contributed to information about trees to inform the “Tingle’s Way” eco-walk through Lewes. For each of the pilot walks we have provided information and leaflets which link the trees seen along the route with their ecosystem benefits, as shown in our i-Tree survey. Tingle’s Way is now officially recognised as a loop route: linking the South Downs Way from Blackcap, through Lewes via the Railway Land Nature Reserve, and joining Egret’s Way to reconnect with the South Downs Way. An interactive website guide and trail leaflets are in development, and waymarkers will be put in place along the route in December 2019.

Tingle's Way photo taken on walk, and map
Photo taken on a walk on Tingle’s Way, and the Tingle’s Way map. Click on image to enlarge

Walks – In May 2014, we held an evening town tree walk through Lewes, led by David Saunders, a committee member and forestry consultant. We arranged very successful walks around Malling Deanery arboretum in 2014 and 2015, both led by tree specialist Dr Hugh Morris. Again in September 2015, Peter Thurman – a member of our trees committee, led a walk and talk around Malling Deanery arboretum as part of Lewes Heritage Open Days.


Talks and articles – In October 2013 we gave a Friends of Lewes lecture, “Time for Trees” about our Urban Arboretum project and existing trees in Lewes. This was delivered by David Saunders, who conducted the 2012 survey. Peter Thurman, FArborA, MICFor, gave a talk to the Lewes Rotary Club on the trees of Lewes in 2014, and we have had a series of articles published in Sussex Express, such as “Why Lewes Must Treasure Trees”.

Information – The Trees Committee is developing some information about trees and making it available on the Curio app, so that residents and visitors to the town might explore their own “tree trails” and learn more about the trees of Lewes.

London Plane at Southover School, Lewes
London Plane at Southover School, Lewes



  • 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).