The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Fabulous5 star

This book is eye opening and a page turner. I seriously could not put it down. It shows another side to trees and makes you gain more respect for their intrinsic functions and the symbiotic relationships in our forests. 10/1055


Talk about perspective!5 star

This is an amazing read. Peter brings you into his world and illuminates the multidimensional life of trees. At many parts I found myself deeply emotional and staring out my window at the nearest tree, wondering about it’s condition and of the forests around me.55


Interesting book4 star

Interesting book gives us a lot to think about.45


Just beautiful5 star

What a wonderful read. I will be reading more by this man. He has woken up a whole new world for me.55


The Secret Life of Trees4 star

Beautifully written by a naturalist who is both scientist and lover of nature. The secrets Peter Wohlleben reveal should be known by all. Readers will never look at trees or forests the same again. Fascinating journey into a world we all thought we knew well, but actually did not know at all.45

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