“They can feel pain, [and] have emotions, such as fear. Trees like to stand close together and cuddle. They love company and like to take things slow,” – these are just a couple of findings by Peter Wohlleben, a German researcher who devoted his work to studying trees.
“There is in fact friendship among trees,” says Wohlleben.
“They can form bonds like an old couple, where one looks after the other. Trees have feelings.”
The new documentary, called ‘Intelligent Trees’, is the work of German forester, author, and tree whisperer Peter Wohlleben, and Suzanne Simard, an ecologist from the University of British Columbia.
“Trees like to stand close together and cuddle. They love company. They can feel pain, [and] have emotions, such as fear”
In the film they explore the various ways in which trees communicate, noting that:
Trees are so much more than rows of wood waiting to be turned into furniture, buildings or firewood. They are more than organisms producing oxygen or cleaning the air for us. They are individual beings that have feelings, know friendship have a common language and look after each other.
As Wohlleben says in the trailer below, “There is in fact friendship among trees. They can form bonds like an old couple, where one looks after the other.”
And on that note, I’m pretty sure there is in fact friendship among trees and humans, too.