Exploring the Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees
Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy of 'Whose Woods These Are' present a screening of 'Call of the Forest.'
'Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system.
Beresford-Kroeger explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.
Along the way we meet some of the world’s foremost experts in reforestation. Dr. Akira Miyawaki, a worldwide specialist in the restoration of natural forest systems on degraded land, shows us how a native forest system can be planted even in the smallest street corner of Tokyo. Dr. Bill Libby, a pioneer in the field of forest tree genetics, tells us about the impacts of climate change on California’s coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Since 2002 Andrew St. Ledger, founder of The Woodland League in Ireland, has dedicated his life to restoring native woodlands in Ireland. We are introduced to the Anishinaabe people of Pimachiowin Aki who are working to have 33,400 square kilometers of boreal forest in Canada recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
'Whose Woods These Are' is an arboreal music & research project run by Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy.
'We will use a thorough study of trees from the folklore of ancient woodlands to the solastalgia of modern forestry to shape a series of compositions which will be performed in woodland settings from summer 2020.
Throughout the year we will be screening films, planting native trees, conducting soundwalks through woodlands, hosting arboreal readings & performing music amongst the woods.
The title of our project 'Whose Woods These Are' is taken from Robert Frost’s 'Stopping by Woods.' The poem entered public domain on midnight Jan 1 and now it is owned by no one/owned by us all collectively. 'The woods are lovely dark and deep.'
Who owns the trees? Who owns the woods? Is it the birds who build their homes within the branches? Or the worms who create the soil's nutrients among their roots? Or all creatures whose very lives rely on their oxygen? Imagine a public domain of trees where no one owned them & together we were their guardians.
Starting in summer 2020, we will be performing a series of concerts in woodland settings.
It is our hope that by bringing an audience into the woods to listen to music amongst the trees, we will encourage people to relish time spent in nature and become more actively engaged in looking after the woodlands.'