Star tells of love of trees in festive BBC special
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