The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate : Discoveries From A Secret World

eBook - 2016
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In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.
Publisher: [United States] : Greystone Books : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781771642491
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 16, 2018

a little insight into how wonderful and magical nature is, as is all of creation

Aug 14, 2018

This book is very well written and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the analogies used to describe the vast and null differences between trees and human beings. However there are terms used that only arborists will understand. Overall, a very informational yet magical read on the inner and outer workings of trees.

Nov 28, 2017

I rarely give 5 star ratings. But I learned so much from this book, and at the same time enjoyed reading it so much, that I didn't think twice about 5 starring this one.
This book gives answers to questions you didn't know you had. And it explains some of the reasons that "Nature" exposure heals humans. We are part of a vast "World Wood Web" (the author's clever term), so that when our "natural" world is out of whack, we are too

A fascinating and easy book to read. We may have learned that Trees are lovely from Joyce Kilmer but after reading this book, you'll understand how complex trees are.

Mar 26, 2017

4.5 stars. As nature books go, this is fascinating and yet somehow intuitive; the reason deforestation feels so wrong. Wohlleben does a fantastic job of explaining every aspect of why forests are important, especially ancient forests that work like families rather than trees planted in unsuitable areas or those contained or controlled for public spaces which are unable to thrive they way they are destined to.

"Trees maintain an inner balance. They budget their strength carefully so that they can meet all their needs. They expend some energy in growing. They must lengthen their branches and widen the diameter of their trunks to support their increasing weight. They also hold some energy in reserve so that they can react immediately and activate defensive compounds in their leaves and bark if insects or fungi attack." (p.25)

Sounds like a manual for life, doesn't it?

Feb 10, 2017

If you didn't like anthropomorphism with Bambi, Jumbo and Lassie, for sure you're not going to enjoy what author Wohlleben does to he favourite beech, his proud oak and his favourite forest stand. You can just hear him affectionately whisper their names: Gudrun, Odin and Fritz.
But perhaps it is time that we acknowledge tress as living, even sentient creatures capable of even intelligently taking note of and responding to their environment. They are capable of feeding other trees; they can warn one another of impending insect attacks; their rootlets allow them to communicate with one another.
There is much in this book that is thought provoking, much that is interesting, much that is useful.
This book sometimes suffers in translation from its original German. Sometimes its difficult to tell what kind of readership the author is trying to reach: juvenile or mature; one who knows nothing of trees or one who has committed considerable time to their study.
The book would benefit from the liberal inclusion of illustrations, particularly for the benefit of North American urbanites, many of whom may have become out of touch with the forest environment.
Peter Wohlleben, a practising forester practising a somewhat unusual type of forestry management has produced a very readable book that is very much worthy of your attention.


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