Very pleased to have a video from Ireland’s leading figure on The Earth Charter, Dr Cathy Fitzgearld. I have known Cathy for many years , and I have taken a number of her courses with Haumea Ecoversity such at Eco Literacy for Creatives and Cultural Professionals and most recently on the Earth Charter .
Cathy made this video in 2009 . Originally from Aotearoa , New Zealand, she was part of a biodiversity research trip to unpeopled Suwarrow atoll in the Cook Islands, South Pacific. Cathy is currently based in County Carlow, Ireland where she and her husband Martin have since 2008 , been diversifying a small conifer plantation forest on their land to become a mixed species, more resilient, more bird-song-filled small continuous cover forest (Hollywoodforest.com).
Cathy’s words on Trees:
Once I counted birds on a very remote unpeopled atoll in the South Pacific. Only a few feet above sea-level this special place was crammed with life in every shape and colour in all our busyness it could be very easy to forget such places and their fate with rising seas. Yet 10,000 miles away, it is funny how the wind in my forest sounds like the sea . It’s connected I think , each forest we tend , each small action we take.”
original score: Dan Berridge
I highly recommend the transformative learning offered by Dr Fitzgearld for art professionals , educators and business owners and policy makers on her platform Haumea Ecoversity
Open Call for your tree story on video
Memory Palace of Trees is socio- ecological art practice which invites your participation to tell a story (or give some kind of information) about trees. It is a social enquiry of how to live better with the planet and with people by sharing tree stories.
Memory Palace of Trees will continue throughout 2022. The submissions are video format. If you have a story you can tell in less than a minute , please find your favorite tree and video yourself on your phone telling the story. I can help with adding the English or Chinese subtitles. Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is clear as possible . If you have any questions about this please ask . Also, If you are in Beijing I can meet up with you and assist in the filming .
Looking forward to hearing from you.I can be contacted directly on this platform.
Video 1： Empty Tendrils by Yvette Stride
Video 2：Pomegranate Tree by Han Chao
Video 6：A very Weird Elf by Zhu Jinghua
Video 8: Standing Fast by Joseph Stewart
Video 9: Feeling Good – Tree Song by Nam
Video 10: Forest Breath Niamh Cunningham
Video 11: Protective Peach – Ayse Emel Gümüs
Video 13 Winter Apples by John Mac Kenna
Video 14: Ancient Yew Trees by Sonia Gibbons
I am currently gathering tree stories in the format of one minute videos but in January 2020 I collected stories in written format .
Most of these are personal stories. Submissions came from a range of different people in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia including a children’s writer, poets, dendrologists, artists, a dancer, a forester, an ant forest app user, photographers, academics and more.
See further down this page for these links.
The Second Beech Niamh Cunningham 倪芙瑞莲2020 (week 17 of the Memory Palace of Trees)
Throughout 2020 different peoples tree stories were gathered from various people writers , artists, foresters , poets, and other people .
Ice Willow , Sucrose 8.7.2020 Print on Aluminium , Niamh Cunningham -Kosimas Willow Story
Memory Palace of Tree Stories began in January 2020. Throughout 2020 different peoples tree stories were gathered from various people writers , artists, foresters , poets, and other people .
- WEEK 2: WHY TREES WHISPER
- WEEK 3: THE KING HAS DONKEY’S EARS
- WEEK 4: WHY DO TRAFFIC POLICE LIKE TREES?
- WEEK 5: THE HEADACHE TREE
- WEEK 6: ON THE STROLL TO WORK
- WEEK 7: THE ANCIENT GINKGO TO WUHAN NO 5 HOSPITAL
- WEEK 8: THE TREE IN YOUR BACKYARD
- WEEK 9: OF TREES AND ME
- WEEK 10: FROZEN FRUIT
- WEEK 11: OF BAMBOO AND BIRDS
- WEEK 12: PARK TREE
- WEEK 13: TREES CAN COMMUNICATE
- WEEK 14: ELVES OF THE PLATEAU AND CORRIDOR FORESTS
- WEEK 15: ROOTS OF RECOVERY
- WEEK 16: SWAN GOOSE FOREST
- WEEK 17: THE BEECH TREE AND THE ACCIDENTAL ACADEMIC
- WEEK 18: GINKGO SOLITARY AND UNIQUE
- WEEK 19: THE TREE THAT OWNS ITSELF
- WEEK 20: BLUED TREES SYMPHONY
- WEEK 21: LIGUSTRUM LEAVES
- JUNE 2020: TREE CLIMBER
- JULY 2020: EMOJI TREES
- AUGUST 2020: THE HAWTHORNE TREE
- SEPTEMBER 2020: KOSIMA’S CORKSCREW WILLOW
- OCTOBER 2020: KAMPONG COCONUTS
- NOVEMBER 2020: DANCES WITH TREES
- DECEMBER 2020: ANT FOREST -PUSHING BACK THE DESERT
Chestnut – Park Tree Sucrose Series original Sucrose 50 x 50 cm Niamh Cunningham 2020 (week 12)
Open Call for your tree story on video
Memory Palace of Trees will continue in 2022. This year the submissions will be in video format. If you have a story you can tell in less than a minute (less than 60 seconds), please find your favorite tree sit under it and video yourself on your phone telling the story. I can help with the editing and add the English or Chinese subtitles. Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is clear. If you are in Beijing I can come and video you if you wish. Please ask if you have any questions about this.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a one minute video clip for the November 2020 tree story .
Ladybird of DongXiaokou (6 min 40 secs) video Niamh Cunningham 2020 Dancer: Zhang Yi , Music Credit: Ciorras