Dame Judi Dench reveals her secret forest where she plants a tree to remember each of her dead friends - including Robert Hardy and Natasha Richardson
- Dame Judi Dench, 82, has planted trees in forest in memory of her fellow actors
- The Oscar-winning actress planted a yew tree dedicated to actor Robert Hardy
- Also planted trees for her brother and husband, Michael Williams, who died 2001
Dame Judi Dench has a secret forest in memory of her late friends, relatives and fellow actors and revealed how her life is now just 'trees and champagne.'?
The Oscar-winning actress will be seen planting, among others, a yew dedicated to her Henry V co-star Robert Hardy on a?BBC programme looking at her love of trees.
The James Bond star, 82, will take viewers through a small forest around her Surrey home where she plants trees in memory of loved ones - including her late husband and the actress Natasha Richardson.
Dame Judi Dench has revealed how she planted trees around her Surrey home in memory of loved ones
The Oscar-winning actress will be seen planting a yew dedicated to her Henry V co-star on a BBC programme looking at her love of trees
Dame Judi Dench planted a tree in her garden to remember her friend, and fellow actor, Robert Hardy (left), and actress Natasha Richardson (right with?Sir Ian McKellen)
The one-hour special filmed over the course of a year, promises a 'magical study' of the changing seasons and their effect on Judi’s secret woodland at her home in Surrey.
She has also planted trees for her brother and another one to remember her late husband, actor Michael Williams who died in 2001.
Dame Judi and her late husband shared a passion for trees, nurturing the woodland at their home.?
Since his death, she has continued to care for her grove with wildlife enthusiast David Mills.
She opted for a yew for Harry Potter actor Hardy because he was an expert in the medieval longbow which is often made from that specific wood.
'His tree is a British native that will be around for a long time,' Dame Judi told the Radio Times.
'It's absolutely perfect. I'm so pleased. That will be so good. You never know, in three or four hundred years someone may be making a longbow from one of its branches.'
Dame Judi even joked she may give up?acting to follow her lifelong passion and lecture on trees, 'quite soon'.?
Judi Dench and Tony Kirkham standing in Norbury Park discussing her project?
Dame Judi even joked she may give up acting to follow her lifelong passion and lecture on trees, 'quite soon'
The actress has cared for her grove with wildlife enthusiast David Mills (pictured together)
Bluebells in Nower Wood, where a number of other trees hold special significance for the actress
Dame Judi added: 'It is about remembering, but it's through a living thing, so you don't remember them and stop.
'The memory goes on, and gets more wonderful.'
The actress said her 'life was now just trees and champagne', as she tells the show: 'There is one for Stephen Hanley, who performed in A Little Night Music at the National. It's very like him, he was very tall and pale.
'We have Ian Richardson, and Natasha Richardson.'?
The film follows Dame Judi’s journey through the seasons and with the help of some of the best tree scientists and historians in the world, she unlocks the 'secret lives of trees'.
Dame Judi also investigates the foundation of trees learning about an intricate underground fungi network that connects many trees in a forest together.
Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees will be shown on BBC One on 20 December at 8pm
Most watched News videos
- Sarah Sanders: Trump slurred words because his 'throat was dry'
- Heroic neighbours rescue woman after attack by two dogs
- President Trump slurs speech during Jerusalem address
- Moment Charlie Pearce hides behind a car to avoid a police car
- Hospital video: North Korean defector undergoes life-saving surgery
- 'Home's South London mate' Sadiq Khan's retort to BBC reporter
- Motorcyclist chased by driver before being mown down and killed
- Cruise ship sprayed down after passengers struck down by gastro
- Met Office: Winds strengthen across UK as Storm Caroline develops
- Storm Caroline set to batter the UK with 80mph winds and snow
- Moment MP Grayling STRUGGLES to cope with BBC grilling on Brexit
- ISIS fighters scream in panic before being blown up in Syria
The comments below have been moderated in advance.
The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.