Dame Yewdi

Star tells of love of trees in fes­tive BBC spe­cial

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

THE Beeb has made a Christ­mas spe­cial about Dame Judi Dench’s life­long love af­fair with trees.

The Os­car-win­ning ac­tress was so smit­ten as a kid she got ter­ri­bly up­set when she saw lor­ries stacked with trunks driv­ing past. And she re­mains con­vinced trees should only be felled if ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

Next month’s fes­tive BBC1 film was sparked by her rev­e­la­tion that she plants a tree in her garden ev­ery time a loved one dies. The James Bond star takes view­ers around her garden and the an­cient for­est that nudges up to her home near

Reigate in Sur­rey.

Judi Dench’s Se­cret Wood­land also uses tech­nol­ogy to re­veal more about trees. Some can talk (ap­par­ently). Oth­ers have the “elixir of eter­nal youth pump­ing through their veins”.

The ac­tress, 82, says she has loved them as long as she can re­mem­ber: “I have an as­ton­ish­ingly early mem­ory of lay­ing in my pram and see­ing a ch­est­nut tree.”

Five years ago, she said she has so far planted 35 saplings. “When­ever a friend or rel­a­tive dies, I make a point of plant­ing one in my garden. I es­pe­cially love oaks, larches and sil­ver birches.

“Too many forests are be­ing de­stroyed and we should do all we can to con­serve what we have and plant more. The more trees I see, the hap­pier I am.”

BBC spe­cial­ist fac­tual boss Tom Mcdon­ald says the “very per­sonal” film is also “visu­ally spec­tac­u­lar”.

CAR­ING Dame Judi Dench

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.