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The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

By Peter Wohlleben
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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

Trees are engaged in countless complex cycles and they constantly struggle for water, light and their own survival. This struggle has led to some astonishing abilities: trees communicate with one another, give each other assistance, collaborate with fungi and other creatures, have memories and have even developed their own version of the internet!

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“Everybody is talking about the secret lives of animals, but no one thinks about trees. As a forest-lover, these blinks fascinated me. I always knew there’s more to trees than what meets the eye.”

– Laura, German Editorial Lead at Blinkist

  • Anyone who’d like to experience the woods in a very new way
  • Students of biology and ecosystems
  • People who work in farming or forestry, or who have their own garden

Peter Wohlleben studied forestry and, for more than 20 years, worked in forest management. He quit his job to start his own forest enterprise in Germany’s Eifel region, where he championed alternative forestry and advocated for primeval forests. He has published multiple titles about forests and environmental protection, one of which is called Der Wald – Ein Nachruf (The Forest – An Obituary).

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