THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World

Peter Wohlleben

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.

How do trees live? Do they feel pain, or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. In The Hidden Lives of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben tells their stories, revealing the delightfully complex life of the trees around us and the incredible role forests play in our world.

Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries and his own observations to describe the wonders of the tree,

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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.

How do trees live? Do they feel pain, or have awareness of their surroundings? Research is now suggesting trees are capable of much more than we have ever known. In The Hidden Lives of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben tells their stories, revealing the delightfully complex life of the trees around us and the incredible role forests play in our world.

Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries and his own observations to describe the wonders of the tree, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration within forests. In evocative language, he explains how forests are social groups akin to human families; tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

And tree relationships affect humans, too. “A happy forest is a healthy forest,” explains Wohlleben, “and eco-friendly practices are not only economically sustainable, but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.”

The startling revelations and sense of discovery within The Hidden Life of Trees have led to worldwide attention and widespread anticipation for its English-language publication, with accolades ranging from bestseller lists in Europe to a feature in the New York Times about the book and author.

After a walk through the woods with Wohlleben, you’ll never look at trees the same way again.

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  • Greystone Books
  • Hardcover
  • September 2016
  • 288 Pages
  • 9781771642484

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About Peter Wohlleben

Peter WohllebenPeter 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.

Praise

Groundbreaking.”—San Francisco Chronicle

An engrossing primer on trees, brimming with facts and an unashamed awe for nature.”—Washington Post

This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods.”—Publishers Weekly