Tree Choir (for adults)

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About the course

Come and join Jack Durtnall and Anna Richardson round the fire for Tree Choir at Spring Rise Community Gardens! Each week, we will come together to connect with the land through songs and nature-based practices. Following the cycles of the year and sparks of inspiration, we will learn tree and folk songs that reflect the seasons. We will sing in parts and rounds to create beautiful harmonies. Once a month, we will walk the land to take our songs to the trees. This season of Wednesday evening Tree Choir sessions is for grown ups. Children are welcome, but please note that activity is not being specifically provided for them. Please note that booking ahead of time online for the term or for a one off session is now essential. We look forward to welcoming you!

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This is an adults choir for all levels of experience; beginners as well as the more experienced. Accompanied children are welcome.

The course will cover

  • Learn tree and folk songs that reflect the seasons. We will sing in parts and rounds to create beautiful harmonies.
  • Connect with the land through songs and nature-based practices.
  • Opportunities for adults to connect with the natural world together through creative processes.


Pre-booking is essential. Please book using the following link:

About the tutors

Jack Durtnall Jack is a musician, nature connection facilitator and forest school leader who came to nature connection work through an innate love for nature and folk song, inspired by the life-work of Jon Young and the 8 Shields. Jack’s background is in music. As well as his role leading workshops and facilitating on plantings, Jack co-leads the Children’s Forest Tree Choir and is part of the team bringing through the Song Forest project. Jack is part of the Folkadelix band, hosts a monthly jam session at the Hop Yard in Forest Row and performs solo shows.

Anna Richardson: Anna has been a musician, nature mentor and trained forest school leader for over 20 years. As well as hosting the Forest Row folk nights with fiddle and song, Anna works with children of all ages and mentors adults in plant lore, foraging, nature connection and bushcraft. She works as a facilitator with Cultivating Curiosity and Red Squirrel Resources and the 8 Shields movement deeply informs her work and approach. She is passionate about connecting to nature through creativity and reverence for life. Anna is the the co-author of two books: Learning with Nature and The Children’s Forest and is the founder of the Children’s Forest movement and the writer of many of the songs populating the Song Forest!


Upcoming courses

April 22 - July 1 2024, 4-6pm

'Greet the Trees' Summer term (for community)

£10 drop-in per family, or Adults £35 for 4 week block (children free)

Join us for these weekly sessions on Monday afternoons to greet some of the trees we met in the autumn in their Spring and Summer finery. With games, songs, stories, crafts and food we will experience the gifts of the trees and tend the tiny seedlings growing from seeds gathered and sown in the autumn.

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April 27th 2024, 10-2pm

Tree Nursery Community Volunteer day


Join us to tend the tree nursery and learn about growing trees. These are volunteer work days for individuals and families where we will tend the young trees growing in our tree nursery. Work includes watering, weeding, pricking out seedlings, sowing tree seeds and more depending on the time of year. You’ll learn some aspects of growing and caring for young native trees at each session.

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April 28th 2024, 10-3pm

Beltane Fire Making & Tree Tending (for families)

Adults £25 per person, children by donation.

Join us for a family fire making and tree tending day. We will explore ancient fire making techniques, plant trees and tend the childrens forest together. Enjoy fireside community connection through song, games and nature connection.

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