The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World
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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 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.

Title:The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:271 pages

    The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World Reviews

  • Anne Collini
    Oct 27, 2016

    “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~ John MuirI live on two rural acres surrounded by woodlot. Often, I walk to the back of my property, stand among the old tr...

  • Matthew Quann
    Jan 10, 2017

    If you've ever pondered the thought experiment in which a tree falls in an empty forest and the sound of its fall is in limbo, Peter Wohlleben's nonfiction might be for you. Quite simply, the sound wo...

  • Joo Carlos
    Sep 08, 2016

    Peter Wohlleben fotografia de Gordon Welters para "The New York Times"Peter Wohlleben (n. 1964) é um guarda-florestal alemão que trabalha para o município de Hummel, na região de Eifel, sudoeste d...

  • Bam
    Sep 29, 2016

    You will never view trees the same way again after reading this book. Peter Wohlleben is a German conservationist and forester who manages a forest in the Eifel Mountains and has observed the slow-lan...

  • Andrew
    Apr 20, 2016

    Tolkien was right. Trees live in the sloooooow lane (imagine healing a skin wound over decades) but what lives they lead! They have incredible social networks, share food, rear children, and care for ...

  • Chrissie
    Dec 16, 2016

    I do recommend reading this book, even though I have given it only two stars! Remember two stars is a book that is OK! Read it for the new and interesting information it contains. The book reports up-...

  • Isabel
    Sep 02, 2016

    P. 132 – “ As fibras da madeira são especialmente adequadas para a transmissão acústica, sendo esse o motivo pelo qual instrumentos musicais como o violino ou a guitarra são feitos de madeira....

  • Eleanor
    Jan 10, 2017

    I was disappointed by this book, perhaps unfairly. My main problem was with the language, and specifically the frequent use of slang, which detracted from what was supposed to be a readable but seriou...

  • Paul
    Nov 18, 2016

    Copses and wood seem static places, only changing as the seasons ebb and flow. The forests of Europe and the UK have inspired writers, built towns and fleets and provide food warmth and shelter for mi...

  • Dulce
    Dec 18, 2016

    What a delightful treat of a read. Almost makes the city slicker want to walk in the trees. Maybe for a little bit.(pre-read notes) I got a sampler for the English edition coming out and read the intr...