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Over 50 days in the year 2016 we built a digital forest for the future. Archived here is a living memory of trees, saved online forever.

You need a desktop computer and a modern browser to experience Treebank.

You can still Add a memory to Treebank to be held online forever.

Follow the arrows into the forest.

 

What is Treebank?

For 50 days in the summer of 2016 people from across the world contributed their memories of trees to Treebank. With these images, voices and films Situations, in partnership with BBC Get Creative, have built a forest of stories to be explored.

Now you can drift through the online forest and glimpse a picture of how trees shape our experience of the planet. From Barbados to Barcelona, from ancient species to the planting of new saplings, these memories take us to points of origin and points of discovery, they reveal something of our history, of real world events and our daily lives.

Step in to the forest, explore the memories

Treebank is inspired by the permanent public artwork Hollow. Artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye gathered over 10,000 species of tree to build a miniature forest. Hollow was opened to the public on 9 May 2016 and remains open all year round during daylight hours. The work was commissioned by the University of Bristol and produced by Situations. To step inside Hollow is to step inside a forest of all the world’s trees.

Find out more about Hollow.