TREEHOUSES will bring a feel of life in the tropics to Regent's Park.

An eco-friendly art project, entitled Treehouse Gallery,is due to appear in the park between July 12 and September 6.

Three treehouses, similar to those found in the rainforest, will be put up, comprising a hub gallery,a box gallery and a round reading gallery, which will be linked by a timber walkway.

They will play host to a diverse programme of exhibitions, performances, workshops and debates, exploring working with nature.

The gallery will be made mainly from naturally-sourced materials and recycled city waste.

Three or four cocoons and pods will also be suspended from the trees alongside the galleries, and a traditional Mongolian tent, a yurt, will be put up behind the galleries for artists working on the project.

Planning permission for the series of galleries was given by Westminster Council's planning committee on Thursday.

Altair Roelants, of the Treehouse Gallery's organisers, said: "This project will give both artists and participants a free and innovative platform in central London."

Chairman of Westminster Council's planning committee,Councillor Steve Summers, added: "This is a fun way for people to learn how they can make a difference to the world around them."

For information on how to get involved see www.thetreehousegallery. org or e-mail thetreehousegallery@