Dare to be wild

Dare to be wild

Dare to Be Wild is premiering today!

In cinemas from Friday 23rd September, Dare To Be Wild is a romantic adventure story about the landscape designer and botanist Mary Reynolds, who believes we can preserve and re-generate wild nature – and in so doing – save ourselves.  The film tells the inspirational true story of Mary Reynolds’ very quick rise from rank outsider to winner of a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2002. She believes that if we experience the atmosphere of wild nature in our own back yard we will be more likely to protect the wilderness.

Dare to Be Wild won an audience prize at the Dublin International Film Festival and Mary Reynold’s book, The Garden Awakening, sold out on Amazon the day it was released.



Asking everyone to plant a tree

An inspiring environmentalist, film director Vivienne DeCourcy, and Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist Mary Reynolds (the central protagonist of Vivienne’s new film DARE TO BE WILD) are partnering with the Woodland Trust and putting out a call for everyone to plant one tree in their garden this autumn/winter to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

After experiencing family tragedy, former US corporate finance attorney Vivienne gave up her law practice with the primary goal of raising awareness for the wilderness through her directorial debut. Now, with the protagonist of her first feature film, Mary Reynolds, she is supporting the UK’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People  and she is hoping to raise awareness of the difference that people can make to climate change, simply by planting a hawthorn tree in their garden.


The importance of planting:

Director of Dare To Be Wild Vivienne DeCourcy explains: “Evidence has shown that planting trees could help to slow or reverse climate change. Right now humans are producing carbon dioxide faster than the environment can absorb it, which could be catastrophic for the whole world. This is not helped by the mass deforestation in some countries – the devastating effect of which is highlighted in the desertification of places like Ethiopia, a plight which is highlighted in Dare To Be Wild through Mary’s real life experience of supporting reforestation in the country. By simply planting a tree in your garden to absorb carbon dioxide, we can fight against one of the greatest threats to this world and protect or environment for future generations.”


The relevance for the Tree Charter:

Matt Larsen-Daw, project lead for the Charter for Trees, Woods and People says:

“It is no exaggeration to say that we are at a crisis point for the UK’s trees and woods – a perfect storm of threats, changing lifestyles and apathy. Trees and woods improve life for people in so many ways, and yet their true value is rarely recognised. As a result, they are disappearing from our lives and landscapes due to man-made and natural threats, and a lack of commitment to planting new trees and woods for the future. Beneath the surface, however, I believe there is a deep-rooted love of trees and woods that just needs to be re-awakened and made visible. That’s why the Woodland Trust is leading more than 50 organisations in calling for a Charter for Trees, Woods and People to bring trees to the centre of decision-making and public consciousness where they belong.

“We hope that audiences will go and see Dare To Be Wild at the cinema. This beautiful film illustrates the transformative power of nature on an individual, and I am sure will cause many people to reflect on their own connection to the trees and other natural wonders around them. The aim of the Tree Charter campaign is to get people talking about how trees touch their lives. We are delighted that Vivienne DeCourcy and Mary Reynolds are supporting us in doing this.”


Share your story and planting pictures!

Vivienne and Mary are asking people to share pictures of their newly planted Hawthorn trees on their own social media sites with the hashtag #DTBW

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This blog has been adapted from the press release for Dare to be Wild. To find out more, please visit their Facebook page.

Have you got a story or memory about working with trees and woods? Have you ever planted a tree, or will you plant a tree this winter? Add your voice to the Tree Charter to tell us about it.



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