This beautiful, animated film based on a story by the French writer Jean Giono won the Canadian director, Frédéric Back, an Academy Award for the best animated feature in 1988. Giono himself said: ‘The goal was to make trees likeable, or more specifically, make planting trees likeable’ and insisted his story should be distributed freely, declining to take any royalties.

Author Michael Morpurgo says: ‘I love the humanity of this story and how one man’s efforts can change the future for so many. It’s a real message of hope.’

You can find out more here — sign up to the event, and win a chance to see this rarely shown Academy Award-winning animated feature film at Atkinson’s Hall Café on March 18th at 7.30pm!