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?