Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Avon Theatre Co-Present Judi Dench BBC Documentary on the Secret Lives of Trees

Come to the US Premiere of Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Avon Theatre in Stamford.

The event is Co-presented by the Greenwich Tree Conservancy

Come see Dame Judi Dench in an intimate and fascinating BBC production on the secret lives of trees.

Filmed over the course of a year Dench joins tree scientists and historians to discover how trees feel, communicate, fight off invading armies and manage in extreme weather.

There is a 6:45pm reception followed by the 55 minute film screening and Q&A with Todd Forrest*, VP for Horticulture & Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden.

Judi Dench is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses, but few people know that she holds another great passion, a deep love for trees.

The documentary is a study of the changing seasons and their effect on Surrey, the most-wooded county in Britain. Dench joins tree scientists and historians to unlock the remarkable secret lives of trees. With scientific techniques and equipment at her disposal, she is able to truly understand how trees work and gain an insight into their secrets. Judi discovers how trees feel, learns how they communicate and how they fight off invading armies and extreme weather.

From NASA satellite imagery, Dench is shown just how effective trees are as carbon capture machines that are fighting to protect our planet. It is confirmation that trees aren’t just trees, they are a real community that help each other, humans and the planet.

The Avon Theatre is located at 272 Bedford Street.

Todd Forrest is Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. He oversees the team of managers, horticulturists, and curators who steward the Garden’s plant collections, gardens, and glasshouses and develop its celebrated horticulture exhibitions. An advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens, Forrest contributed essays to The Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden, The Trees of North America: Michaux and Redoute’s American Masterpiece, and Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1998 as a research assistant in the Institute of Economic Botany before becoming Curator of Woody Plants in 1999.

Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to preserve the tree and forest resources of Greenwich to benefit the community, its health and its quality of life.  Since that time the Tree Conservancy, with assistance of the Town, has planted in excess of 4,500 trees on public lands.  In 2019 alone over 500 trees were planted. 

In addition, the GTC conducts multiple public tree walks each year, brings speakers to the area which have included Michael Dirr, Doug Tallamy and Peter Wohlleben. The GTC has created a town-wide arboretum and holds numerous workshops open to the public. 

Through advocacy work the organization is helping to reformulate public policies at both the local and statewide levels.  Much of the GTC’s work functions as precedents and templates for other communities and for the development of public/private partnerships. The GTC shares Judi Dench’s passion for tre