What we can learn from trees, is that we are just one of several species, and trees are more than ‘giant statues’ but rather the lungs of the planet, which also give home to wildlife the world over. They prevent floods, cool us down, reduce crime and offer shelter. Yet trees are chopped down to build books, furniture, houses and even HS2 fast train that won’t get used, and won’t even prevent climate change (England’s most loved pear was recently flattened, after standing regally in Warwickshire for over 200 years).
- Tree: A Life Story (recycled paper) is a beautiful collaboration between a writer and an environmentalist, detailing the story of a tree’s lifetime over several hundred years. The story begins the moment the seed is released from the cone to 500 years later, as it lies on the forest floor, giving life to ferns, mosses and hemlocks – even as its own life is ending.
- Tree Beings is a lovely children’s book. Get to know trees through the inspiring stories of people who love them including a scientist who discovered how trees ‘talk’, a young woman who spent 2 years living in a tree (to stop giant redwoods being logged), and a 9-year old boy, who plans to plant a trillion trees. Did you know that if an apple tree is infested with caterpillars, it can produce a scent to attract birds?
- Paul Wood is London’s expert on street trees. He runs The Street Tree (a local website) and is author of London is a Forest (you’ll discover why London is one of the greenest cities on earth), London Tree Walks (from an hour to a whole day), London’s Street Trees ( a guide to the city’s 300-odd species) and Great Trees of London Map (rare species, magnificent oaks, an ancient 2000-year old yew and the finest flowering cherries).
- Think Like a Tree is a book on how we can apply the wisdom of the natural world, to our own lives. This book reveals the underlying principles of how trees have evolved: finding purpose, solving problems, building resilience, creating ideal conditions to thrive, developing positive relationships and leaving a lasting legacy.
Every tree that has ever lived has changed the planet. And left it a better place than when it started out. Sarah Spencer
The Hidden Life of Trees helps you understand how trees behave, as part of the forest network of social beings. Learn how tree parents live together with children, communicate with other, support each other as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick and warn each other of impending dangers. A walk in the woods will never be the same again. For children, the same book: Can You Hear the Trees Talking?