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The World About Us (1967 - 1987): Tree of Thorns  (1980)

The umbrella-like, thorny Acacia tree is home, larder, food, shade and hunting-ground for a wealth of African creaures.  But it is the making of such trees, the long struggle from seedling to thorn bush and to full maturity over more than a century, that has the greatest implications for the future of these African woodlands.  It is a story of striving for space, of coping with threats of drought and fire, and how the interaction of the thorn tree with animals like the elephant, the giraffe and even the tiny beetle is re-shaping the African bush.

Winner of the education category at the Columbus Film Festival in Ohio in 1982.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Film Cameraman: Hugh Maynard
Film Cameraman: Stephen Bolwell
Film Editor: Peter Heeley
Narrator: Barry Ernest Paine
Producer: Barry Ernest Paine
Producer's Assistant: Sheila Fullom
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Editor: Peter Jones
Series Editor: Anthony Isaacs
Sound: Keith Rodgerson
Sound: Peter Copeland