This event happened in the past (2018 edition)

Tree Listening

Event dates

Sat 20 Oct 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is an event from the 2018 edition

Ever wondered what the inside of a tree sounds like? The Tree Listening Project uses highly sensitive microphones to make audible the inner workings of trees. While listening to the headphones hanging from the branches you will hear the wonderful hidden sounds of the tree.

Join Alex Metcalf, seen on Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees, to hear the rumble of the tree moving and the popping of water mixing with air – the very life of the tree surging up from the roots towards the leaves.

Alex Metcalf is a product designer who works within the subject area of the ‘natural world’ exploring new ways of engaging people with this extremely important subject. Much of Metcalf’s work provides an educational experience that allows the public to interact and relate to different issues through original designs. Alex studied Design Products at the Royal College of Art between 2005-2007 where he started this project with trees, since then Alex has been travelling around the world setting up the Tree Listening Installation to allow people to experience this amazing sound of what happens hidden inside trees.


Programmed in conjunction with Norfolk Festival of Nature. The Norfolk Festival of Nature is a partnership that uniquely brings together many organisations that work across Norfolk for the benefit of wildlife and nature, including: Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, Norfolk Museums’ Service, the University of East Anglia, Wild Days Conservation, the Broads Authority, The National Centre for Writing, and many others.

Norfolk Festival of Nature





Saturday 20 October
10am–12pm, 1pm–3pm
Venue: Chapelfield Gardens
Cost: Free, drop-in
Age: All ages