Ever wonder about the life of a tree? This international bestseller by German forester and author Peter Wohlleben has been changing how people think about trees. Drawing on scientific discoveries, he describes how trees in the forest are part of a social network, a community, and describes how “trees are like human families” living with their children. Trees also assist neighbouring trees; share nutrients with the sick or struggling; warn each other of impending danger; and have different ways of talking and communicating with each other using smell and electrical signals.
“And who knows, perhaps one day the language of trees will be deciphered” writes the author in the closing chapter. “Until then, when you take your next walk in the forest, give free rein to your imagination—in many cases, what you imagine is not so far removed from reality, after all!”
By Peter Wohlleben