This guided tree tour of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will explore the urban forest of London through the lens of empathy, responding to this year's Designers in Residence programme theme, Care. On the walk, participants will learn about Enni-Kukka Tuomala’s residency project and examine their own relationship with the trees that surround us.
From a young age, artist and designer Enni-Kukka Tuomala has had an affiliation with the natural world. She grew up in Finland, where 75% of the country is covered by trees (in contrast to the UK, which has only 13% tree cover). Through this residency, Enni’s extensive work on interpersonal empathy has expanded to explore the growing empathy deficit between humans and trees.
Taking place in the urban setting around the Design Museum, which includes Holland Park, the tour will be led by Enni with the borough’s Senior Arboricultural Officer James Burton. It will celebrate the trees of our city.