Last week I saw a post on the Secret London Instagram page that made me add this forest to my weekend plans. Mark and I already tickets to go see the Queen’s Galleys at Buckingham Palace as this is only a mile walk from the museum we headed there afterwards. I have been to Somerset house before for a number of occasional and including London Fashion Week and you have seen this outfit post from there, but this time was different. The Forest for Change was erected in the main pavilion of Somerset House as Part of the London Design Biennale 2021.
The purpose of this pop up is to highlight the United Nations 16 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These goals are each depicted on a massive mirrored pillar in the center of the forest, all arranged in a big circle and are engraved into rocks placed around the garden The goals start broad with no poverty and zero hunger as goal one and goal two and evolve to a focus on Life Below the Water as goal 14. The forest that surrounds it is made up 400 trees and they are 27 different species of trees reflecting the changing London environment and if you look closely among them you can find signs explaining the type of trees with facts about them. The trees are then going to be replanted at the end of June after this is over around London including the neighborhood where I live in, Islington.
I would highly suggest a visit Forest for Change before it is taken down at the end of June. If you want more details you can read alternative write ups from Time Out, My London, and Secret London as well as Forbes plus more information can be found on the official Somerset House website.
Would you want to visit the Forest for Change?
Wow that’s so cool! I wish more places had exhibits like this.
I am going to suggest it to our towns planning committee. Could be the perfect project to get our town to come together for such a meaningful project.
I’m sure it was an eye opening experience
This sounds amazing! YES to more sustainability awareness.
I live in London and somehow hadn’t heard of this so thanks for bringing it to my attention so that I can see and support it.
It is so adorable…like going on a road trip while you are still in a city.
So clever and will get the message out to so many people.
I hope a lot of people attend and get a bit more of a wake up call.
Wonderful well laid out goals. I am always trying to reduce my carbon footprint, recycle as much as I can, stay away from plastic water bottles.
We are all in this together and hope that it creates a bit more public awareness in people.