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44 people tree whimsical ensemble conversation – Tree 69 of 365

Here’s a barely edited conversation from Tree 69, (of 365), that I climbed with 43 other people including an 8 month pregnant woman! The material is becoming part of the book… It’s kind of a radio piece with some photos and a bit of video… 75 people next summer?

Also please sign this Woodland trust petition to unlock funds for tree planting.

And don’t forget the Log Book Christmas gift! Seen below… with more info here:



UpTrees Gifts – LOG BOOK


So… I finally have to admit the book won’t be ready for Christmas when the Trafalgar Sq. tree arrives from Norway, so I’ve decided to make a gift that can be given in the interim to keep the project moving financially… and…

…I think I’ve made a nice little package, seen here and bought here.


THE LOG BOOK! A book token for when the book is finished inside a handmade log complete with a pot of seeding soil and tree seeds. You’ll get the Log Book before Christmas to shove under the tree and the book gets posted when it’s finished!

Tree seeds of your choice (Baobab, Monkey Puzzle, Sequoia or Spruce), a pot and seedling compost, a log bookmark book voucher and growing instructions all nestled in moss inside a home made log box! When the book is finished it gets sent to who ever you gift it to with their name printed inside! Sweet! Buy one here!
(get your Log book sent to you before Christmas and support the project).

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If you buy one just nominate someone and their name will be printed in the book as a dedication.

There are loads more gift ideas at the crowd fund website too!

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The Professor strikes again!

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A quick post to present you Professor Gauntlett demonstrating his latest invention – and plugging The Art of Climbing Trees. He’s helping me reach £10,000 in the next 9 days! Can it be done?!

The Professor interrupted my crowd funding film and lent his eccentric brilliance to again help me sell the book. Thank you!

Protest and Gratitude

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I’ve realised what this book is (!)

This book is my protest and activism. My expression of gratitude, joy and creativity. some good friends helped me put the nail on the head of what it is I’ve been doing and I thank them for it!

(I’ve at times billed myself as a failed environmentalist and activist – a bit defeatist. It aint over til it’s over and every drop in the ocean…)

The crowd fund ends mid November 2013… If you can, please pre order a book! I need your help!

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Trees, – the great lungs of the world. The largest single offering from out of the Earth. We take them for granted. We appreciate them if we take notice. We explore them as children; our bodies remembering the primal experience. Physical. It’s why hands were invented. (?) Rooted and reaching. Seasonally evolving. It’s magic, what comes out of a tiny seed. The ancient, solid weather beaten bark clad trunk supporting all the fractal mass above. Supporting the weight of an artist and his co-climber/s.

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The tree, – what a simple genius idea, living in two worlds, clutching the packed ground with its feet and toes to be able to spread its arms into the CO2 it craves. Tunnelling up and down to consume our leftovers. Negotiating the darkness and light. Imperceptible growth. Steady. Adaptable. Each one of these curious life forms are unique providers for us and home to millions.

Symbols of sustainability. You recycle, drive less, sign an online petition, eat less meat and plant trees; the typical actions of someone trying to do something to stop the madness against the planet.

We’re basically screwed, unless we the conscious rise up higher than we think we’re able soon and push our seed heads through the bullshit, –  over haul our collective actions. We all need to do more than our bit until the biosphere is fixed or baked. If the shit is going to hit the fan then it will and there’s not a lot we can do about it anyway. But if there’s a chance to turn it around we have to take it. Right?

I feel the pressure of how badly we’re ballsing this world up, and the audacity to give fixing it a whirl.

I’m an artist / writer / filmmaker who set about climbing a tree every day as a personal challenge. Climbing trees is more fun with good company, and pretty quickly I realised I’d planted the seeds for a book. Allow me to introduce myself: Henrik G Dahle, 36. 5,9. Blonde.

It’s possibly whimsical and frivolous to frame the ideas of a disgruntled / joyful radical within the childlike activity of climbing trees for a year but it is what it is; a sprawling smorgasbord of thoughts and ideas along with images of 365 beautiful trees. I think it’s important to keep play in the equation of world change. It’s disarming. Changing the shit out of our destructive systems should be fun.

The book is the story of a creative walk about, with the company of more than 80 inspiring people. It will contain frivolous memories of tree climbing, and will try and challenge us / me to act. To bother. To fight and keep climbing until we win, (or lose).

As the project went on I discovered a deeper connection with… well everything actually. It became a family tree project. This is in large part why I wanted to crowd fund to make it possible; a collaboratively enabled conclusion to the thing. I’m a romantic.


In this vein I’m asking for artists / illustrators / children to draw a tree for the book. Collaboration is how we’ll dig and build our way out of this fine mess we’re in. I’m not an island and neither are you or the strange guy down the street. As with the ideas of my co-climbers – they have given dimension to the project I couldn’t hope to discover on my own. How many dimensions can I fit into ‘The Art of Climbing Trees’? A brilliant example of this added value is a tree drawn by ‘alternative / independent’ midwife Virginia Valli. It’s what a placenta looks like. A placenta looks like a tree and her placenta tree will be going in the book. I’m not asking for conceptually interesting trees from everyone – an oblong with a blob on top by your five year old niece can be a welcome dimension too.

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I wish I could afford to give books away to all contributors but I’m only able to offer a discount. Full details of drawing trees for the book can be found here.

This book is just a beginning; my first public offering of a kind of activism. The year of research and play has inspired me to think big, global and definitive (if that doesn’t sound too grandiose). First though I need to finish this Adventure and Manifesto as a thank you to everyone who gave me their wisdom and humour up trees, put me up in 10 countries around Europe, and waited patiently while I did my daily climb. I threw all my money, time and energy out of the trees to make something unusual and useful so I owe it to myself to complete it as well. It’s being born.


If you’d also like to be a part of the project with a drawn tree or / and by pre ordering the book to help get it printed then I will be ridiculously grateful. The crowd funding continues until mid November 2013. Please watch the crowd funding film for more details and the spectacle of moving pictures.

Thank yoU! Thank yU, thank U.

Henrik (the grateful protestor)

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Manifesto part 2. The elephant.

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Honesty, I’m trying to inspire you to support the UpTrees book fund. I’m elaborating on who I am and therefore what angle this Adventure book & manifesto will take. Does my particular view resonate? Do you like the way I write? DO you like the images? DO you like me? These are the questions an advertiser will ask. Suddenly I’m in advertising. Advertising for revolution, and a book containing conversations uptrees, photography and your drawings?!

I need your help!

So who is this Henrik ‘G’ Dahle writing a so called manifesto?


Me falling out of a tree. Always plan falling out of a tree, then you don’t have to get hurt.

I’m a collector and assembler / creator. I take snippets of ideas and run with them. I harvest from what I see, hear, read and feel, and create a map of the ideas I think are right and just. This search for the truth or the way for us to go forward, to fix the problems comes from a well of irritation, anger and concern for the chaos needlessly thrust on us and that we collude with. ‘That it doesn’t have to be this way’. It comes from having vision and knowledge we can do things better. This is what most politicians or thinkers would argue motivates them too. The fixers (?). We all stand looking at the problems from a certain vantage point, the blind people touching different parts of the elephant and describing it in different ways, “No the elephant is like a snake, the end is soft and blows air”, another says “it is massive, expansive, is rough and dry”.

Nature tried the beech first, then took some of the concept and applied it to the elephant. It’s a crazy idea. Some of the craziest ideas are dumb but fun.

To get a clear picture of the elephant we have to communicate and share each other’s vantage point and perhaps that’s one of my projects. To gather the information in little taster parcels from the different blind people. I don’t have one project. I’m not a master of one subject. I’m not that focussed or disciplined, I’m interested in almost everything and my memory is appalling. uptrees_tangent_head The problem with these blind witnesses is when their description gets sullied by motivations other than to convey what they see with their hands. Their integrity is compromised by financial interests or the need to be right. An economist might only want to see one part of the system – that copper mining creates jobs and therefore builds schools, but chooses to ignore what the scientist is telling her from a different vantage point, that this kind of mining is giving the community cancer and poisoning the rivers. The whole system needs examining from all angles. You might call it being holistic. Whole istic. We need to do this now and then get the dead wood out of power unless they embrace the whole.

Am I stating the obvious?

A right wing politician believes that it’s about each person for themselves. Work hard and earn your right to comfort. Let the market decide. Freedom to exploit anyone and anything so long as they consent to your price. Competition is healthy because it drives innovation. Private enterprise will forge the solutions we need. If you use it, you pay for it. If you can’t afford it, you need to work harder. Freedom and biodiversity born out of competition are supposed to be good elements of this world view (although capitalism will necessarily swallow up smaller ideas and companies, homogenising as they grow), and… anna widen forest -02 These ideas are born out of separatism; us and them. It doesn’t recognise that the system is a whole. It is fluid and all the parts of the elephant are actually connected. Global capitalism is a massive pyramid scheme. It works agains democracy since the individual at the top will necessarily have more power to influence government and where the energy in this crazy ‘civilisation’ flows, – which ideas get put in the elephant’s trough. That’s a big problem when democracy is based on informed decisions. This kind of thinking is fundamental to what I’m putting together in The Art of Climbing Trees along with a crap load of other tangental creativity.

…anthropology, education, media, trade, love, sacrifice, resurrection, renewal, gender, revolution, exploitation, climbing trees, nature, romance, waste, biology, poetry, collaboration, imagination, philosophy, sex, economics, play, inspiration, death, protest, birth, demographics, a general strike, a world general strike, transport, communication, science, experience, you, we, us…


Another kind of pyramid with a relation to capitalism. Maybe.

I’m wandering off message: I’m the collector with ‘If only’ for a mantra. If only there was solidarity and love and sensitivity to the whole. And ‘there could be – if only’. I see a toilet seat and think – that can be better. It’s the same for rubbish collection and global harmony. It maybe my naivety that informs my ambition and a twinge of OCD that makes me re-imagine a toilet seat. The images of this elephant I’ve collected from various people UpTrees and the jumbled ideas of the elephant in my head will form this book.

It’s one thing to describe the elephant and there’s another to re-imagine it… and then what? Ideas! There’s no shortage of them. Just looking at small collection of books on my shelf: Farewell to Growth, Six thinking hats, Small is beautiful, Eating Animals, Ecology Community and lifestyle, Letters to my grandchildren, The ecology of wisdom, Prosperity without growth, The world without us. A feast of good thinking and research squished onto the paper there and ready for me to eat. Books I’ve bought to help me fill in the blanks from my adventure UpTrees.

I got a bit stuck on the elephants in this post. Let’s remind ourselves I didn’t climb 365 elephants.

It’s still Mark Boyle’s MoneyLess Man that I’m on now and I’ll deliver something for you on that later. Two friends have already asked to borrow it having dipped into it for five minutes. It grabs you. He has a gentle and accessible way of writing. Amusing and challenging. uptrees-book-cover-01_small All the writers of these books offer an insight into how the elephant could look ‘if only’… or demonstrate how it can look in micro. They tend to lean towards a softer more inclusive view of it. Perhaps they also acknowledge the calf hanging around, and the rest of the herd, and the lack of roughage for them to eat because the land is desertifying… etc. The world is growing more polarised they tell me. It’s either black or white these days. You’re either in or out, –  a friend or an enemy. Personally I’d rather be a friend. I’d rather see that the herd of elephants and the blind folks touching them up are in it together. Are family. That sounds a bit wrong. I’d rather be aware of the three sides of the coin, what the coin is made of, who has handled it during it’s life time, who will handle it in the future, and if we can do with out it and all it’s three sides. I’d rather believe we can actually think and action our way out of this dead end. Guide the elephant out of the zoo and onto my dinner plate. No! Back into paradise. Right! We can do so much better and we all know it! So, the question is, do you want my elephant collage on your book shelf? Bear in mind this book will totally change your life. You’ll be happier, more intelligent…etc, and you will change the world after reading it!

Here’s the first manifesto post.