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A performance ACTION moving through the city
15 and 16 October 2021 from dawn until dusk
A felled tree moves through the streets of Coventry, carried by a group of women.
An act of endurance and love for the planet and future generations.
We bear our collective grief over our loss of the natural world, species, ancient woodlands, as women, as ancestors. We demonstrate courage and vulnerability, creating space for lament, but also inspiring hope, the feeling we are not alone.
Alice, tree carrier, Coventry
WITNESS this mobile artwork any time from dawn to dusk on Friday 15 October and Saturday 16 October 2021. An opportunity to pause for a moment and consider what a felled tree carried by women across the city means for you. There is no right answer, just your own response and the gift of your attention will support the walkers.
WALK WITH US We welcome women and children to walk alongside for 10 minutes or the whole day bringing support and care. Join women in this act of endurance and love for the planet and future generations as they carry the felled tree across the city, mourning the loss of forests and ecosystems around the world and planting seeds of courage.
SHARE All are welcome to meet us and take part at different stopping points on the journey as the tree becomes a space where we can gather to eat, reflect, listen and exchange stories.
What needs to be exchanged and heard under the canopy of a felled tree?
The tree you witness being carried is a birch. It was felled in Coventry in its prime close to the Heart of England Way to make way for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link. Birch trees are woodland pioneers, often the first tree species to populate open ground. They can live up to two hundred years and have a fascinating folklore including strong associations with loss, renewal and new beginnings. By honouring the death of this tree we hold a space to mark the relentless and ongoing destruction of trees and nature in this country and around the world.
All events are free. All are welcome to meet us at the stopping points over the two days. Check the map and timetable below or download here for where we will be and the activities that will take place.
Walk With Us - we are still recruiting for anyone who identifies as a woman to walk with us as a tree carrier during the performance on 15 & 16 October. Find out more here.
Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Image: Sinead Patching