The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World

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He hopes the day will come “when the language of trees will eventually be deciphered.” Until then, Wohllenben’s book offers readers a vivid glimpse into their secret world.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Peter Wohlleben

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Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees.Tim Flannery is a scientist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and his books include Atmosphere of Hope and The Weather Makers.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Greystone Books. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Oct 26 2016

He hopes the day will come “when the language of trees will eventually be deciphered.” Until then, Wohllenben’s book offers readers a vivid glimpse into their secret world.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Above average
Reviewed by Ashley Hay on Sep 16 2016

All of which allows him to draw readers into "a wonderland", as Tim Flannery writes in the foreword to the English-language editions of the book. "His deep understanding of the lives of trees reveals a world so astonishing that if you read his book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you, too."

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DNA

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Reviewed by Gargi Gupta on Sep 25 2016

As Pradip Kishen, India's best known tree expert, writes in his introduction to the Indian edition, Wohlleben's book should be made "required reading for every forester in the subcontinent".

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The Australian

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Reviewed by FELICITY PLUNKETT on Oct 08 2016

Its tone is chattily engaging and its quips and contagious puns invite the reader into the minutiae of trees’ lives.

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The Hindu

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Reviewed by ADITYA SUDARSHAN on Oct 09 2016

...Wohlleben does not go this far, preferring to note that his own method of managing woodlands is economically profitable. Thereby, he avoids controversy, but also, in the opinion of this reviewer, weakens his book.

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Reviewed by Catherine Hollis on Sep 01 2016

Already a runaway bestseller in the author’s native Germany, The Hidden Life of Trees now offers English-language readers a compelling look at the “secret world” of the forest.

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