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

  • Cathrine ??
    Feb 10, 2017

    3.75★ If a tree falls in the forest there are other trees listening. The first time I fell hard for a tree was in the Sequoia National Forest standing at the base of General Sherman. I was always a ...

  • 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-...

  • Joo Carlos
    May 27, 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...

  • Andrew
    Apr 13, 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 ...

  • Francisco
    Mar 18, 2017

    You can read this for the science or, like me, for how it helped me see. We are always in need of books that part the curtains of the familiar, the stuff we walk around and take for granted. In this c...

  • Matthew Quann
    Jan 08, 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...

  • ??? alicja ???
    Apr 27, 2017

    i think it's really important to take care of trees in xxi century (im living in poland so check some news from my country about forest management - but it's terrifying and you don't want to know anyt...

  • Richard Reese
    Sep 26, 2016

    As a young lad in Germany, Peter Wohlleben loved nature. He went to forestry school, and became a wood ranger. At this job, he was expected to produce as many high quality saw logs as possible, with m...

  • Bam
    Sep 28, 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...

  • Dov Zeller
    Mar 12, 2017

    Do you want to learn about individualistic trees and community-minded trees? How different trees have evolved to communicate with each other and their environment and team up with their ecosystem to c...