Talking Trees


Inter-generational Project with Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School and AgeUK Canterbury

The Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar school were awarded Big Lottery funding for a ‘Talking Trees’ intergenerational Project. It  started in January 2016  and runs to December 2016.

Enrichment is a priority at the school as they  believe on developing the whole person. The school sees ‘Talking Trees’ “as a fantastic opportunity for their students to work with local artists on activities for the benefit of the community” (Hannah Blaskett-Foord Assistant Head Teacher, SLGS)

The project is about helping to brighten the lives of older people, engaging them in fun arts activities, focused on trees, with Canterbury residents from Cranmer House (a Sheltered Housing Scheme), London Road, and day visitors to AgeUK Canterbury, Castle Row.

The students have been working with Artist Sue Toft, to socially engage older people at Cranmer House and AgeUK Canterbury’s Day centre visitors in discussions about trees; fact, fiction, memories, and music, and making activities,  some associated with Westgate Parks Canterbury.

An early part of the programme was  engaging the sixth formers in sensitisation and awareness work giving them insights into conditions such as dementia, mental health and well-being.

A key feature was a special printed self-guided tree trail around Westgate Parks that the students helped devise, and launched at a parks public open day on Sunday 29th May 2016. Family-friendly arts activities and volunteers were on hand to guide older people round parts of the trail and to give a warm welcome.

The ‘Awards for All’ Big Lottery proposal was developed last year, by Fay Blair, Kent Creative Arts CIC and AgeUK Canterbury, supported by Anna Bell, Westgate Parks Development Officer and the Friends of Westgate Parks.

Contact Fay Blair 07786 307 664 | fayblair[at]hotmail[dot]com

Picture gallery

  • 21st January 2016 – Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at  the School
  • 11th February 2016 –  Students from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at  the School
  • 3rd March 2016 – Students from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at  Age UK Canterbury and Cranmer House Canterbury
  • 14th April 2016 –  Students from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at  Cranmer House Canterbury
  • 29th May 2016 –  Students from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School at Westgate Parks with residents from Cranmer House Canterbury, and Age UK
  • 5th June 2016 – Students from Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School and LAPWING artists at Age UK Canterbury



  • One hour audio edit of Talking Trees HERE
  • Kent Creative Live Show #27 – 24-05-2016 – Simon Langton School HERE
  • Kent Creative Live Show #26 – 17-05-2016 – Westgate Parks HERE