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Wild Norwood: Trees and the Afterlife

This extra special guided walk will explore the cultural and mythological beliefs surrounding the magnificent trees in our cemetery.
This is a completely FREE walk, but booking essential due to limited numbers, please click on the headline for more info and the booking link ...

Trees have played a central role in human society for as long as humans have walked the earth. From food sources to shelter, timber and crafts; trees were also seen as sacred to many cultures due to their connections to the earth and Gods.

This walk will explore aspects of the cultural and mythological beliefs on trees, looking at how beliefs around trees and the afterlife shaped many practices around death that still have relevance today. Book your tickets here

This walk is part of Wild Norwood, the FREE community festival celebrating nature in our urban, inner London borough, and is run in partnership with South London Botanical Institute. The walk is led by well-known London tree expert, Greg Packman.

When we arrive back at the entrance to the cemetery, we will find the final Wild Norwood event: 'Glowing Cemetery' Festive Fair in full swing, with Morris dancers, stalls and carol singing. Click on the Wild Norwood link above for more information on what else is happening over the two week festival - Sunday 26 November - Sunday 10 December.

If you have any queries on accessibility please contact Kim Hart on khart@lambeth.gov.uk

This is a completely free event, brought to the community as part of the ongoing National Lottery Heritage Fund project. You can find out more on the project website: www.westnorwoodcemetery.org/about-project

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More about Greg Packman
Greg is an arboriculturist working in London, specialising in the management of trees. Greg has been involved with the tree management in locations such as Hyde Park, St James's Park, Downing Street, Epping Forest, Inner Temple Gardens and City of London.
Outside of his main job, Greg delivers a large number of guided tree walks and talks to bring people closer to trees.

More about South London Botanical Institute
The South London Botanical Institute is a vital community learning space focused on plants, people and civic participation. We are dedicated to creating learning and research opportunities that embolden curiosity and participation in some of the most pressing environmental, cultural and social issues of our time.
The SLBI has been at the forefront of interesting people in south London and beyond in plants, fungi and other organisms classified as plants at the time of its foundation in 1910. 


event date: 

Sunday, December 10, 2023