Caught by the River

Notice This Tree

23rd November 2023

#Noticethistree — a series of UK-wide interventions organised by those who campaigned to save the much-loved Happy Man Tree in North London — seeks participation from people who’d like to share stories of  personally significant trees. Each intervention will create space for people to come together and tell their own stories of trees and efforts to save them — and will also feature a cinema screening of Katy McGahan’s documentary film (12a, 75 minutes) about the highs and lows of the Happy Man Tree campaign.

Intervention No. 1, the start of the series, takes place on the 30th November at Picturehouse Cinema Finsbury Park (tickets here). Attendees are invited to ‘call in’ a tree that feels important to them. It can be any local tree, or trees, that are either at risk, or may already have been felled.

Ticket-holders are invited to walk to the cinema from the location of their chosen tree and/or meet at the cinema at 17.45, with an object which represents the tree (a leaf, twig, photo, anything), to be included in an installation which will travel from city to city. Before the screening there will be opportunities to tell the stories of the trees. After the screening will be a discussion space called ‘What now?’, about the impact of protest, and loss, upon ourselves and the world.

This is the first of 12 interventions that will be held around the country. Subsequent interventions are happening at the Hackney Picturehouse on January 18th, the Duke of York’s cinema Brighton on February 18th, and the Ritzy Cinema Brixton on March 17th, with further events TBA.

Find more information here.