A powerful return to the forest, where trees have heartbeats and roots are like brains that extend underground. Where the color green calms us, and the forest sharpens our senses.
In The Heartbeat of Trees, renowned forester Peter Wohlleben draws on new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world.In an era of cell phone addiction, climate change, and urban life, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature—but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact.
Drawing on science and cutting-edge research, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring:
- the language of the forest
- the consciousness of plants
- and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna.
A perfect book to take with you into the woods, The Heartbeat of Trees shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste the forest.
Peter Wohlleben, renowned for his ability to write about trees in an engaging and moving way, reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation and environmental activism is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too.
Praise for The Heartbeat of Trees
“As human beings, we’re desperate to feel that we’re not alone in the universe. And yet we are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life.” —Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
“Astonishment after astonishment—that is the great gift of The Heartbeat of Trees. It is both a celebration of the wonders of trees, and a howl of outrage at how recklessly we profane them.” —Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music
“As Peter Wohlleben reminds us in The Heartbeat of Trees, trees are the vocabulary of nature as forests are the brainbank of a living planet. This was the codex of the ancient world, and it must be the fine focus of our future.” —Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees and The Global Forest
“Peter Wohlleben knows the battle that lies before us: forging a closer relationship with nature before we destroy it. In The Heartbeat of Trees he takes us deep into the global forest to show us how.”—Jim Robbins, author of The Man Who Planted Trees
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About the Author
Jane Billinghurst’s career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the New York Times-bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.
Table of Contents
1 Why is the Forest Green? 3
2 Giving Your Hearing a Workout in Nature 14
3 Your Gut's Amazing Sense of Smell 18
4 Nature Doesn't Always Taste Good 22
5 Touch Helps Us Think 28
6 Training Your Sixth Sense 31
7 Fear in the Forest 36
8 We Are Better Than We Think 40
9 In Close Contact With Trees 43
10 In the Beginning Was Fire 53
11 Electric Trees 60
12 The Heartbeat of Trees 71
13 When Earthworms Travel 78
14 The Sacred Tree 91
15 The Disappearing Boundary Between Animals and Plants 97
16 The Language of the Forest 111
17 Diving Deep Into the Forest 118
18 First Aid From Nature's Medicine Cabinet 130
19 When a Tree Needs a Doctor 138
20 Everything Under Control? 149
21 Our Longing for an Intact World 152
22 Learning From Children 161
23 The Paradox of City and Country Living 165
24 Trees, Too, Are Followers of Fashion 170
25 The Long, Hard Road Back 175
26 Confronting Climate Change 183
27 Good Things Take Time 192
28 In Search of Both the Future and the Past 202
29 Problems Highlighted by Bialowieza 214
30 Hambi Is Here to Stay 223
31 Strengthening Our Bond With Nature 233