Events that the Reading Tree Warden Network are involved in

The Reading Tree Wardens organise an annual programme of walks, talks, training, and support the extensive tree planting programme across Reading.





Sunday 27 January, 2019, 2.00.pm. Winter Tree Identification Walk at Prospect Park

When the trees are standing bare in Winter, can you identify an Oak from a Beech? Yes you can! Anna Iwaschkin,walks designer, and the Reading Tree Wardens will take us round this beautiful park with stunning views as we learn the basics of Winter Tree Identification. Wrap up warm and waterproof, wear sensible stout shoes and shake off January at the same time! It is likely to last about an hour or so depending on the weather. You can always stop off for a hot drink at The Mansion House afterwards! N.B. Whatever the weather, we will confirm the status of the walk both here and on Facebook by 11.00. am on the morning of the walk. Please check before setting out. STOP PRESS - the walk is now fully booked but if you want to check at the last minute for a place, contact us at rtwn2011@gmail.com


Tuesday 12 February, 10.00.am. onwards. Tree planting event at Hartland Road

We are very grateful to have received funding from Trees for Cities to enable our volunteer tree planters, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, to have 30 trees to plant and finish last year's plantings on Hartland Road. If you would like to join our tree planting team, contact us at rtwn2011@gmail.com.

Saturday 13 April, 10.00.am.-3.00.pm. Beanpole Day plant and small tree sale at Caversham Court Gardens

Last year we had a great day and sold out of plants! Please do keep this date in your diary to come along and support our stall. This is our main fund raiser of the year and we hope you will grow some plants or split plants to donate, which can be dropped off before the day. Dropping off points round town will be named nearer the day. If you haven't got a garden, please consider buying and donating a box of plants or just putting a small donation in the donations box.


Sunday 5 May.2.00.pm. Walk in the Woods at Dinton Pastures

We are delighted that Marcus Wheeler, one of our walks leaders and Conservation Volunteer at Dinton Pastures, will lead our annual Spring walk. We look forward to enjoying the breathtaking Spring woodland flowers as well as identification of trees in Spring leaf in this beautiful park and woodland. To book a place contact rtwn2011@gmail.com


The Arborealists and Guests: The Art of Trees. 14-24 June, daily 10.00.am.- 6.00.pm. The Turbine House Gallery, Gas Works Road (just off the Prudential Building)

We thank Reading Museum for the use of this beautiful gallery which is in a listed building on Kennet side. We are privileged to bring The Arborealists, a group of professional artists whose special topic is the tree and whose inaugural exhibition at The Royal Academy, Bristol, was nationally acclaimed, to Reading. Twenty completely diferent works in sizes, colours, topics, will be shown for your pleasure and delight - access is free. The show will be accompanied by three outstanding events as below. Why not make an outing of it with a meal or coffee and cake at The Bel and the Dragon which is adjacent?


Forbury Gardens expert guided tree walk, start at The Turbine House, Tuesday 18 June, 2.00.pm.

We are honoured that Dr Carolyn Jenkins, Head of Parks at Reading Borough Council, will lead this guided tree walk speaking of the particular characteristics of the stunning range of mature tree species in Reading's beautifully restored and maintained gardens by the Abbey. Free of charge but limited places. Book at rtwn2011@gmail.com


An Artist Talks, Wednesday 19 June, at The Turbine House, 2.30.00.pm

A rare chance to hear Tim Craven, British painter, leader of The Arborealists and former Curator at Southampton City Gallery, talk about how he works, and take us round some of the paintings in this Reading exhibition. Places are free but limited. Book at rtwn2011@gmail.com


"The Poetry of Trees", Sunday 23 June, at The Turbine House, 2.30.pm

Sally Mortimore, Managing Publisher at Two Rivers Press, Reading's own publisher, introduces Reading poets as they present poetry on the subject of trees.Their poetry publications and also Adrian Lawson and Geoff Sawers' award winning book The Shady Side of Town. Reading's Trees AND their new book which will be just out then, Rural Reading (2019) will be on sale.Open to all, but places must be booked as the gallery is small. Book at rtwn2011@gmail.com


Annual General Meeting, Thursday 4 July 2019, 6-7pm at Reading Canoe Club

The meeting room has wonderful views over the Thames! It is situated on the river next to Caversham Court Gardens and you can reach it on foot by going through the church yard, or access by car at The Warren. We are delighted that, after the meeting, Vickie Abel, Chair of The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens, will lead us on a guided walk through the gardens, telling us of their history, while Dave Kenny tells us of the trees. If you would like to join us just for this walk, please gather outside the Canoe Club where we will set off at 7.15.


If you would like to attend any of the events please email rtwn2011@gmail.com.

Would you please note that this email address is purely for the purposes of booking events. If you have any enquiries about trees in Reading please contact Reading Borough Council by telephone at 0118 9373787