Judi Dench Planted an Entire Forest to Honor Her Deceased Loved Ones

Katelyn Lunders
Photo credit: BBC One

From Woman's Day

Judi Dench has come up with the most beautiful way to honor loved ones lost: Every time a relative or friend dies, she plants a tree in their name on her property.

The 82-year-old actress started the living memorial with her now-deceased husband, actor Michael Williams. "Every time a relative or friend died we would plant a tree," she told The Telegraph. Her six-acre estate in Surrey, England, now features an entire forest full of tributes to deceased friends and family members.

"It is about remembering and for me it's something that's living and goes on," she added. "The memory goes on and gets more wonderful."

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Dame Judi has dedicated trees to Michael, who died in 2001, as well as Ian Richardson, Robert Hardy, and Natasha Richardson, among many others.

This inspired idea grew from her deep fascination with trees, a subject that Judi delves into in a new one-hour special premiering on BBC later this month.

In the upcoming documentary, she jokes about giving up acting to lecture on trees and claims that her life now only consists of "trees and champagne." (Doesn't sound half bad to us!)

Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees airs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 on BBC One in the UK.

(h/t The Telegraph)