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Channel 5 has commissioned a 3 x 60’ series charting The Secret Life of Trees (wt) from production company, Voltage TV, and GroupM Motion Entertainment.

Filmed over the course of a year, the series takes the viewer on a journey of discovery – throughout the UK and venturing into Europe - exploring the hidden world of Earth’s incredible tree population.


This awe-inspring series examines how trees communicate and care for each other; how they survive from seedling to mature giant, growing old gracefully, and in some cases, experiencing extraordinary metamorphoses. 

Over three episodes we’ll meet trees so old they were growing when the pyramids were still being built, trees that can tell the time, and even wise old trees that pass on memories to young saplings.

 Channel 5's Lucy Willis said: “I find it staggering that there are trees on this planet that have been alive for over a thousand years. Just imagine what that tree has seen in it’s lifetime.  Trees have an incredible mystery and romance to them as well as a fundamentally essential role in the cycle of life...

"This is a real passion project for me and I hope when people watch this series they’ll fall in love with their captivating majesty.”


“Trees are far more sophisticated than most of us realise – I can’t wait for this series to reveal some of their extraordinary behaviours”,  said Helen Docherty, Executive Producer for Voltage TV.


Melanie Darlaston, Executive Producer for GroupM Motion Entertainment said: “It’s a joy to be part of a series that unearths some incredible facts about trees. We have come to understand how important trees are in combatting global warming, but who knew that trees gasp when they are thirsty, that they can produce anti-freeze in minus temperatures and that trees have their very own underground WhatsApp system to warn others when they are under attack from drought or disease? Respect!”


The Secret Life of Trees (w/t), is a 3 x 60’ series.

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