Somerset House Is Transforming Into A Giant Forest This Summer

Published . By Jasmine Lee Kennedy.

Forest for Change at Somerset House

A luscious new grove is coming to the capital.

After spending a year inside - with the only ‘great outdoors’ being a trip to Tesco - we all need to get back to nature a bit, don’t you think? What luck then that, from June, Central London is getting its very own enchanted woodland over at Somerset House.

Spearheaded by one of the world’s most influential designers, Es Devlin, Forest for Change is not only the centrepiece of the London Design Biennale, but also a statement about the climate emergency. To counter human dominance over the environment, the artist exclaims that we need to bring more greenery to our concrete jungles.

With that in mind, the interactive installation is set to see a whopping 400 trees from 23 species taking over the cobblestone courtyard. It will become a stunning labyrinth of foliage, with plenty of shrubbery and landscaping to create a seamless illusion of a real urban forest just off the Strand. Sounds wild, quite literally.

The green landscape alone will lock in an incredible 1.3 million tonnes of carbon, equivalent to 600 flights from London to Sydney, which is insane. But make your way through the thicket and you’ll also find a sculpture underlining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals about poverty, inequality and sustainability.

You can find the Forest for Change at Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. The installation is open from the 1st to the 27th of June 2021. Looking for more summer fun? Find out the latest and greatest London events coming up this June here.