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3 Forests in the UK Where You Can Love Trees Just as Much as Dame Judi Dench

judi dench hugging a tree

"My life now is just trees and Champagne" —Dame Judi Dench 
 


The iconic Dame Judi Dench has a brand-new documentary coming out on BBC One about her love for—what else?—trees. If you love trees as much as Judi does (which, let's be honest, who doesn't?), then these spots in the UK may be worth the trip. 

Puzzlewood, Wales 

You may recognize Puzzlewood, Wales from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Merlin, and Atlantis as well as for Hollywood blockbusters including Jack the Giant Killer and Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 1. It may also have served as the inspiration for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings, nevertheless, Dame Judi Dench would probably be more interested in admiring the unique species that occupy this dense flora playground. 

Epping Forest, England

Judi Dench doesn't even have to go too far from her London flat to hug and whisper to an ancient pollarded tree, the former Royal Forest, Epping Forest, is a protected area that serves as a recreation center for Greater London. You may even remember this backdrop from the Black Knight sequence in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Rothiemurchus Forest​, Scotland

It's not often Dame Judi Dench makes her way over to Scotland, but when she does, you can bet she hits up the wild woodlands of Rothiemurchus Forest. Here, nestled between firs is the highland estate—a 13-century island castle still in operation and owned by Johnnie Grant, 13th Earl of Dysart and 17th Laird of Rothiemurchus. Don't get too lost in the dense forest as it contains wild cats, osprey, and other indigenious animals (and possibly, a wandering Judi Dench). 

Catch Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees on Boxing Day British fans! Those in the US will have to wait. 

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