The Hidden Life Of Trees : Mutual Help Among Plants And Living Beings

Hundred plus Words On June 30, 2024 Sunday Book Review : The Hidden Life Of Trees By Peter Wohlleben Limited-time deal: Hidden Life of Trees, The: What They Fee 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 mechanisms behind these 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." My hundred plus words today (June 30, 2024) : This book brought back to my memory, my ancestral house which existed in a large compound in a remote village till mid-1960's when it was demolished following a partition of properties among the members of a fairly large family. In the south-east corner of the compound, there existed a small "forest" in about 5 cents of land which accommodated the "Naga" Sankalpa (Serpent Gods). As the property became worthless, neighbours encroached the "forest area" and removed trees one by one. Story goes that the serpents migrated to the giant trees around the Family Deity closer to the house, being worshipped in the open air. The serpent gods didn't take the ground route. The wild creepers which were already there on the forest trees created a hanging bridge connecting the serpent gods' hermitage and the trees standing around the family deity. I could visualise the mutual help among trees, creepers and snakes only after reading "The Hidden Life Of Trees" last week. Just sharing my thoughts 🙏 M G Warrier


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