Oscar-winning Dame Judi Dench is one of Britain's best loved actresses, but few people know that Judi holds another great passion, a deep love for trees. This programme, filmed over the course of a year, is a magical study of the changing seasons.
Judi has long been fascinated with trees, ever since she was a child. This film follows Judi's experience through the cycle of the four seasons and her mission to understand the vital role of trees in history and the future. Judi joins some of the best tree scientists and historians to unlock the remarkable secret lives of trees and the stories that they can tell.
With the latest scientific techniques and equipment at her disposal, she is able to truly understand how trees work, and gain an insight into their secrets. She meets a designer with a special microphone to hear the trees around her pulsing with life in spring, as water rushes up the trunks to the newlyunfurled leaves. Plus a scientist with 3D scanning technology reveals her favourite oak in a new light, uncovering an astonishing 260,000 leaves and a vast network of branches measuring over 12km. NASA satellite imagery is used to demonstrate how effective trees are as carbon capture machines, and a fungi expert shows Judi an astonishing underground network known as the "wood wide web".
Featuring Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticulture Services at Kew Gardens.
There is confirmation for Judi that trees aren't just trees, they are a real community that help each other, humans and the planet. Made by a multi BAFTA and Emmy awardwinning team, this programme combines breath-taking cinematography and time-lapse photography to provide a captivating and intimate insight into one woman's passion for the natural world.
Run time: 60 minutes.