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Publisher Description

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.

Science & Nature
September 13
Greystone Books
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Paulofgc ,

The Secret Life of Trees

Beautifully written by a naturalist who is both scientist and lover of nature. The secrets Peter Wohlleben reveal should be known by all. Readers will never look at trees or forests the same again. Fascinating journey into a world we all thought we knew well, but actually did not know at all.

alvinb ,

Interesting book

Interesting book gives us a lot to think about.

Lissy347 ,

Talk about perspective!

This is an amazing read. Peter brings you into his world and illuminates the multidimensional life of trees. At many parts I found myself deeply emotional and staring out my window at the nearest tree, wondering about it’s condition and of the forests around me.

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