Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees

About Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees

Oscar-winning actress, Dame Judi Dench has long been fascinated with trees, ever since she was a child she has objected to anyone cutting them down.

She shared her passion for trees with her late husband, the actor Michael Williams, and together they nurtured their own arboretum. For the past seven years, she has continued to care for this woodland with her close companion, wildlife enthusiast David Mills and throughout this time, Judi has continually planted trees for dear friends and family who have passed.

This film follows Judi’s journey through the seasons and her mission to understand her woodland’s vital role in our history and our future. With the help of some of the best tree scientists and the latest scientific equipment at her disposal, Judi unlocks the remarkable secret lives of trees. Through the cycle of the four seasons, she’ll hear her trees drink, discover how they feel, learn how they communicate and how they fight off invading armies. Through amazing research we learn more about how trees can communicate and contribute to the forest, sharing resources with seedlings or the vulnerable. It’s confirmation for Judi that trees aren’t just trees, they are a real community that help each other, humans and the planet.


Producer & Director
Harvey Lilley

Executive Producer
Anthony Geffen

Commissioning Editor
Abigail Priddle

Natural History Producer
James Manisty

Sally Yeadon

Directors of Photography
Mike Robinson
Dominic Colchester


Specialist Cameras
Tim Shephard
Todd Kewley

Additional Cameras
James Aldred
Stephen Robinson
Robert Hollingworth

Original Music
Ty Unwin

Head of Production
Ian Syder

Production Manager
Samantha Tilyard

Production Coordinator
Cat Pollock

Production Team
Melissa Williams
Diane Davidson

For Atlantic Productions
Vincent Pretorius
Mimi Gilligan
Claudia Perkins

Dubbing Mixer
Matt Skilton

Kenny Gibb

Online Editor
Marty Webb

Visual Effects

Sound Recordists
Simon Pinkerton
Freddie Claire
Marc Hatch

Drone Operators
Sam Boydell
Jordan Brooks
James Markwick

BBC Photo Library
Getty Images
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre
Pond 5
Video 77

Special Thanks To 
British Wildlife Centre
Phil Wilkes, UCL Geography & NCEO
School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Surrey Wildlife Trust
University of Oxford