"The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben

By Peter Wohlleben

Reviewed by Julia

ISBN 9781771642484

Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben
Have you ever sat under or observed a tree, and had the uncanny thought, "This tree knows things"? In Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate German forester Peter Wohlleben opens us up to an entire world of discovery.  At the rate of one third of an inch per second, trees send electronic signals through their roots, and within mere minutes, trees can also emit scents on the breeze to warn or signal other trees.  Considering these realities, the question of tree consciousness is not a matter of whether it knows, it's what does it know? What signals has the 9,500 year old spruce in Sweden sent and received in its long life?
If you're at all curious about this question, Wohlleben's book is a treasure trove.
The Hidden Life of Trees does much to explain the supreme value of an untouched forest and the awareness that we must bring to the modern way in which we "manage" our ecosystem. From the determination of tree growth, to the varied characters within relationships (there are families, friendships, hermits), to the innumerable jobs a tree carries out, we have a great deal to learn as we take it upon ourselves to nurture nature.
The Hidden Life of Trees is a powerful and valuable resource in co-existing with Mother Nature with knowledge we now appreciate, in the roots beneath our feet.       -Julia

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