The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2016-09-13
Publisher: Greystone Books
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
Autor jest leśnikiem w rezerwacie przyrody w Niemczech. Całe swoje życie zawodowe poświęcił poznawaniu funkcjonowania lasu. Owa książka okazała się miłą odmianą od tego co zazwyczaj czytam. Zawiera fakty bardzo istotne, o których powiem szczerze nie miałam zielonego pojęcia. Drzewa są dla nas bardz...
This book is all about trees and the forests they create and live in. It can be quite interesting, but it’s also very much a popular-science work. Wohlleben is a forester and so he makes the topic accessible and engaging but some of his speculation and explanations were limited. For example, I can t...
I really wanted to like this book more, but the excessive anthropomorphism and pseudoscience really bothered me to the point that I couldn't give more than two stars. There is a lot of good and interesting information in the book, despite that. I also think it could have been organised better and so...
And interesting look at how trees live and function. Each short chapter covers one or another aspect of tree life, such as water transport, bug-life, roots, growth etc. I found the writing style too "chatty" with not enough nitty-gritty science.