Reading: The Hidden Life of trees

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This book has added so much more value to my life. Diving into the life of trees and learning about the greater ecosystem and nature. Given that this year’s global wellness trend has “forest bathing” and nature-related activities trending, this book is a brilliant read befitting this time and place.

We’ve taken nature for granted for far too long as we continue to kill the planet with mass consumption and the convenience of more plastics, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben is a brilliant read to gain a different perspective.

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I grew up in a city, and while tropical Singapore is so beautiful with its abundant greenery, I didn’t have a chance to know forests until I was an adult. And this year I was lucky enough to walk in a couple of forests in Switzerland and Sweden. The first time I saw snow, I was 19.

Needless to say the coniferous trees of pines and birches and what not were things we learnt about in geography textbooks, and seeing the majestic forests in the winter for the first time was breathtaking.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone – it’s an important read to understand the life around us that we often take for granted. The book is heavy on trees of different climates and skim on tropical trees. I’d love to know more about the Banyan trees that are hundreds of years old with their eerily hanging roots always found in ruins and ancient sites – think temples and of course Angkor Watt in Siem Reap. (there’s the famous image that graces the cover of the Cambodia Rough Guides or Lonely Planet)IMG_1601

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