The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate : Discoveries From A Secret World

Book - 2016
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"A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other."--
Publisher: Vancouver : David Suzuki Institute, Greystone Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781771642484
Characteristics: xv, 272 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.


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Apr 05, 2019

Wohlleben is an engaging writer as well as a forester of many years in Germany. The information is organized into concise and informative chapters. Highly recommended.

Mar 25, 2019

Very informative and scientifically interesting. That being said if you are not interested in the topic of forestry management this book will probably not win you over it can be at points as dull as the paper that made it.

Mar 23, 2019

Very nice explanation of the nature around us. Not hard to follow, kept my interest the whole time. As it says in the description of the book, a walk in the forest will never be the same again after reading this book.

Sep 16, 2018

a little insight into how wonderful and magical nature is, as is all of creation

Aug 14, 2018

This book is very well written and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the analogies used to describe the vast and null differences between trees and human beings. However there are terms used that only arborists will understand. Overall, a very informational yet magical read on the inner and outer workings of trees.

Nov 28, 2017

I rarely give 5 star ratings. But I learned so much from this book, and at the same time enjoyed reading it so much, that I didn't think twice about 5 starring this one.
This book gives answers to questions you didn't know you had. And it explains some of the reasons that "Nature" exposure heals humans. We are part of a vast "World Wood Web" (the author's clever term), so that when our "natural" world is out of whack, we are too

A fascinating and easy book to read. We may have learned that Trees are lovely from Joyce Kilmer but after reading this book, you'll understand how complex trees are.

Mar 26, 2017

4.5 stars. As nature books go, this is fascinating and yet somehow intuitive; the reason deforestation feels so wrong. Wohlleben does a fantastic job of explaining every aspect of why forests are important, especially ancient forests that work like families rather than trees planted in unsuitable areas or those contained or controlled for public spaces which are unable to thrive they way they are destined to.

"Trees maintain an inner balance. They budget their strength carefully so that they can meet all their needs. They expend some energy in growing. They must lengthen their branches and widen the diameter of their trunks to support their increasing weight. They also hold some energy in reserve so that they can react immediately and activate defensive compounds in their leaves and bark if insects or fungi attack." (p.25)

Sounds like a manual for life, doesn't it?

Feb 10, 2017

If you didn't like anthropomorphism with Bambi, Jumbo and Lassie, for sure you're not going to enjoy what author Wohlleben does to he favourite beech, his proud oak and his favourite forest stand. You can just hear him affectionately whisper their names: Gudrun, Odin and Fritz.
But perhaps it is time that we acknowledge tress as living, even sentient creatures capable of even intelligently taking note of and responding to their environment. They are capable of feeding other trees; they can warn one another of impending insect attacks; their rootlets allow them to communicate with one another.
There is much in this book that is thought provoking, much that is interesting, much that is useful.
This book sometimes suffers in translation from its original German. Sometimes its difficult to tell what kind of readership the author is trying to reach: juvenile or mature; one who knows nothing of trees or one who has committed considerable time to their study.
The book would benefit from the liberal inclusion of illustrations, particularly for the benefit of North American urbanites, many of whom may have become out of touch with the forest environment.
Peter Wohlleben, a practising forester practising a somewhat unusual type of forestry management has produced a very readable book that is very much worthy of your attention.

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