How To Save Our Tremendous Trees
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).
If planting trees, see toxic plants to avoid near pets (also avoid cocoa/pine/rubber mulch and fresh compost near pets). Use humane safe slug & snail deterrents and use no-dig garden methods. Also see safer alternatives to netting for wildlife.
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, 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
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.
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.
Ghost Trees: Nature & People in a London Parish is by Bob Gilbert who began to record the natural world of his inner city patch, when he moved to the East End. This This personal exploration of trees has helped to shape the London district of Poplar. Drawing from natural history, poetry and painting, he reveals the hidden influences that lost landscapes (the ‘ghost trees’) have had on the shape of the city.