TreeStory has been created by writer and director Ward Serrill and Producer Sophie Jane Mortimer. Ward and Sophie filmed an interview with me some time ago and I am delighted that they have now launched their ‘online forest, a series of short documentaries for people who love trees.’ Ward explains what inspired TreeStory:
Every place I’ve every lived, as a boy in Alabama, as a young buck in Southeast Alaska or turning silver in the Pacific Northwest, I have gravitated towards one particular tree. Over time I developed a relationship with each of these trees, the maple in Alabama, the Cedar by the waterfall in Alaska or the Douglas Fir near my home in Port Townsend. For many years, I was afraid to admit that this relationship with a tree felt deep and personal. But when I began to tell people about it, I found I was not alone. Person after person confessed to me that they too had a special tree in their life and had a story to go along with it.
It was then I remembered a vow I made to the Alaskan cedar tree by the waterfall. With my head pressed close to it and eyes closed I promised it that someday I would work for the trees. Twenty years later, that promise became the seed for TreeStory, a series devoted to people who love trees.
Each month we will release a new episode on this Website for free and if you are inspired by the work we ask only that you help us produce the next episode with your contribution. With your help, we will go around the world, bringing the best TreeStories to life. Perhaps it will become a movement and inspire tree stewardship everywhere.
If you would like to get involved or would like more information do visit the TreeStory Website. Here is the first film featuring Trees for Life’s Alan Watson Featherstone talking about reforesting the Highlands.