The Wood Wide Web / by Charlie Noton

If the words “Wood-wide web” puzzle you, this 90-second video and 10-minute interview give you the fascinating highlights of the results of Peter Wohlleben’s research. His book The Hidden Life of Trees is highly recommended.

Forester Peter Wohlleben thinks trees talk to each other through their roots and fungal networks. In his new book The Hidden Life of Trees, he explains that trees can register pain, learn things, and even protect and care for each other.

Beeches and oaks form forests that last for thousands of years because they act like families. “They are genetically as far away from each other as you and a goldfish”) and ruthlessly protect their own kind," he says. “Beeches harass new species such as oak to such an extent that they weaken.”

Willows are loners. “The seeds fly far away from other trees, many kilometres. The trees grow fast and don’t live very long. They are like Usain Bolt – always the first, then they can’t breathe any more after 100 years and then they are gone.” 

90-second video highlighting the findings

10-minute interview with Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees