The secret language of trees.
Human beings have very quickly made the world all about them, but it is has been said that it is nature’s world, we are just lucky to be living in it.
Trees and living organisms are the reason we are alive, yet you might be forgiven for forgetting. The respect that trees deserve is not equal to the respect that they are given, they are often gotten ‘rid’ of to build money-making endeavors like shops, offices, car parks – you name it.
Not only are trees deserving of the utmost respect and, are literally the reason we are all alive, they have some other pretty amazing characteristics too.
It has been revealed that trees have a secret ‘language’ and that they can communicate with each other on levels beyond human understanding.
Peter Wohlleben, a German forester set about on a mission to understand as much about trees as he could. You might think it ironic that someone who’s job it is to chop down trees has an affinity with them, but he says he “knew about as much about the hidden life of trees as a butcher knows about the emotional life of animals.”
In his book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate , he details his finding from working in the Eifel mountains in Germany, and the secrets that he he came to find working in such close proximity with trees every day.
He says his understanding of trees came as a revelation:
“Life as a forester became exciting once again. Every day in the forest was a day of discovery. This led me to unusual ways of managing the forest. When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with large machines.”
Wohlleben discovered something amazing in the forest. He says that he found the remnants of an old and clearly ‘dead’ ancient tree on the floor of the forest. The tree was mummified and had the appearance of stone, but on closer inspection there were green parts which linked it to the forest floor.
He says that they newer trees were supplying the old tree with a life-line. The unmistakable green of chlorophyll was somehow making its way to the old tree. Wohlleben postulates that the newer trees were somehow helping the old tree stay alive.
“Why are trees such social beings? Why do they share food with their own species and sometimes even go so far as to nourish their competitors? The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together. A tree is not a forest.”
“On its own, a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate. It is at the mercy of wind and weather. But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old. To get to this point, the community must remain intact no matter what. If every tree were looking out only for itself, then quite a few of them would never reach old age”
Via Eco News Media