The man who planted trees: truth and fiction



The man who planted trees (original: L'homme qui plantait des arbres), is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century.

It was adapted as an animated short by Frédéric Back and released in 1987.


86-year-old Brendon Grimshaw has lived alone on a tiny island in the Seychelles since 1962. He bought it for £8000 and has spent those years introducing trees and 120 giant tortoises back to the island. More on BBC.