The Tree Projects

The crew The Big Canopy Campout asked me to make a video about what motivates me to be involved and this instantly came to mind. This was the most difficult video I’ve ever made because it just made me feel terrible. I focus what we do here at the tree projects on the positive, I made a decision to use positivity, adventure and fun as the way to tell the story of giant trees.

But every time we go climbing a big tree here is Tasmania we see clear fell after clear fell as we drive into the forest. And while I might rarely show it this is what motivates me to spend my time and money on the tree projects.

 

 
I really do not want to use this grotesque sight as a tool. Mostly for my own mental health, I wouldn’t be able to remain inspired and determined to create if this is what I focused on.

So this is why on 15 September I’ll be out on a mission into the treetops for a magical nights sleep totally engaged and inspired by where I am and the people I’m with.

TBCC and The Bob Brown Foundation

With 4 weeks to The Big Canopy Campout Event, we’d like to introduce and celebrate our opening act, The Bob Brown Foundation.

Crucial in the fight to protect Tasmania’s Tarkine forest, this incredible organisation will be opening The Big Canopy Campout event as the sun sets on the 15th of September and camping aloft in an iconic display of solidarity for the protection of forests worldwide.

The Big Canopy Campout are absolutely delighted to be camping out along side them on this global campaign.

See you in the trees.

 

There is a pile of woodchips at Burnie, Tasmania, export mill the size of the Dune de Pilat in France. That is the reason for all of this.
The seeds of these trees had just cracked open, sprawling new life into an already ancient forest at the time when king Henry VIII succeeded to the English throne, Leonardo Da Vinci and Shakespeare were knocking around, Australia hadn’t felt the wrath of colonialism and the Aboriginal Australians were happily walking about these lands.
Out in the Tarkine in Northwest Tasmania; takayna in Aboriginal Tasmanian language, there are dwindling rainforests like the one we will occupy during the Big Canopy Campout this year. Being in the canopy there brings short reprieve for the predicament of this particular wild place. While we are there, the forests stay standing.
From the ground it’s nauseating looking up. Only the birds provide some sense of scale. A backdrop of lush green, wet weathered leaves are darkened by the cold clouds breathing heavily above us. Without this cold dark wet this place wouldn’t be here, or be able to exist as what it is.. a majestic and magnificent wild wonderland. A Rainforest.
Camping in these forests we are privileged beyond our understanding. No human being has ever seen the views from the tops of these  particular beasts, no one has yet rubbed noses with the bark of these flowering plants as it peels off to greet us on our way round the double barrel of a trunk to launch a line higher, no one has yet sat in a crotch in this tree, 70 metres up, contemplating whether its brother next door, or it’s sister next to that is taller, or just the same age, 4 centuries, 5 centuries old?
All these areas have now had their fates sealed, approval given to be savagely and systematically felled, bulldozed, cleared and burnt to cinders. The timber’s final destination to be spinning uncontrollably next to toilet seats the world over.
It’s with this passion that we avidly participate in the Big Canopy Campout, for more than just trees and forests, but for climate justice.
We look forward to seeing the Canopy Campout carabiners glistening in the rain off everyone’s harnesses here knowing that hundreds of acres are being protected this year in Sierra Gorda, yet another wild, diverse and incredible forest scape.
Wet ropes are heavy. And they will be wet in their natural environment here. The Big Canopy Campouts fall during the Spring of September, 42 degrees South, deep in the Tasmanian cool temperate Rainforest. Shimmers of golden sunlight set majestic shadows on the glimmering forest floor, soft and crunchy with mosses, lichens and mushrooms of inconceivable colours. The warm cozy fire raging draws us all in, circling it like druids. But still the contingent of activists, climbers, conservationists and supporters is looking so strong. They are all in this for the same reasons, be they many.
The Bob Brown Foundation is feisty, just like Bob. The organisation is based on grassroots action and relies on community involvement and support to protect takayna and other threatened places.
We are all so very humbled by everyone involved in their local efforts all over the world on the 15th September to act in defence of our wild places and while pollinating ideas globally for the protection of these important ecosystems, we are all acting in solidarity.
For the Wild.

Launch Day 2018

On the day we dreamed up TBCC it seemed like such a simple idea – spending the night immersed in the treetops of forests around the world and getting hundreds of like-minded people to do the same.  In the year that has passed since this exciting day in 2017, we haven’t stopped building the concept and have been bowled over by the support and enthusiasm of a global community that shares our dream. As today is the day that we formally launch the 2018 BCCO and open registration, it’s a great opportunity to talk about our dreams by explaining how TBCC came about, and the thoughts behind the concept.
We are a group of scientists, adventurers, canopy access specialists, wildlife photographers, film-makers and conservationists who have spent much of our lives living and working in the forest canopy.  Over the last 2 decades we have stood and impotently watched the escalating destruction of the world’s great forests.  Forests we love have disappeared, trees that have been our home have been torn down and made into paper, whole ecosystems destroyed for oil palm and the background feeling of an unassailable, relentless destruction has arisen.  But we have come to realise that there is no point fighting forest destruction with fear and negativity.  Pessimism makes things worse.
We have based the whole idea of TBCC around the concept of Conservation Optimism – with the belief that only positive, inspiring messages and activities have the power to turn the tide of forest destruction.  Connecting people to these magnificent places by showcasing them through canopy adventure may be a powerful tool in protecting them.  TBCC is about taking a stand for forests by planning inspirational canopy campouts all around the world and joining together as a canopy community to enthuse others.  Through this co-ordinated event we will show how all of our lives are immersed and entangled with the life of forests, and showcase our adventures with the world.
The central concept of TBCC has always stayed the same – sleeping high in the canopy of trees around the world on one special co-ordinated night – and sharing the experience with climbers on every forested continent to raise money for forest conservation.  We have always wanted this to be very informal, avoiding any pressure on participants and keeping a wild, expedition-type experience throughout, and this has evolved to include wild-forest camping on the forest floor to open the event to everyone. We are determined to keep this feeling alive, so there is no registration fee or formal commitment to make when you join TBCC.  We just want everyone to plan their adventures, in the trees or near the forest floor, and encourage others to join in or support you in your canopy campout.
We’re very excited to be opening registration today and are really looking forward to hearing your plans for this year’s adventure!
Feel free to download and share our BCCO flyer on the website and spread the word far and wide.
See you all in the trees on September 15th!