Notice This Tree + The Happy Man Tree (12A) – Urban Tree Festival


Notice This Tree + The Happy Man Tree (12A) – Urban Tree Festival

Tuesday 14th May 2024

#Noticethistree is a series of interventions about protest and loss across the UK

On the 14th May as part of Plymouth’s Urban Tree Festival 2024 run by Plymouth Tree People, we are inviting people to come together to ‘Notice This Tree’ in our #Noticethistree Intervention No. 4, at Plymouth Arts Cinema. (You can see what happened in a previous Intervention here).

The Intervention is in three parts:


Notice a tree at risk, a tree that has been lost – or simply one you love. We invite you to walk from a tree of your choice in any way you choose, alone or with others, to Plymouth Arts Cinema, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT to reach the cinema at around 6pm.

In the lead up to this event, you are invited to join our WhatsApp group and liaise with people who are organising walks from trees - either arrange to join them on their walk and/or to let others know if you have a tree in mind to notice, and whether you would like them to join your walk. WhatsApp invite link is here.

At 6pm we meet at Plymouth Arts Cinema. Here we invite people to contribute to our ever-evolving Mycelium Mundus tapestry, share stories of trees, and listen to a specially created audio work which will play as people enter the auditorium to watch Katy McGahan’s documentary The Happy Man Tree (75mins, 12A, starting at 6.45pm) The central protagonist is a Hackney street tree and the film charts the attempts on the part of the local community to save it from developers.

After the screening you are invited to join a reflection about the impact of the loss of mature trees in towns and cities across the UK. Here we ask the question 'Where Now What Next?'

Dir. Katy McGahan, 2023, UK, 75mins, 12A.
When a group of Hackney locals discover that a property developer has been granted permission by the Council to fell a huge, much-loved 150-year-old street tree which even has its own name, The Happy Man Tree, they do everything they can to try to save it.

Dates & Times

 Tuesday 14th May 2024  6:00pm
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