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From the author of the New York Times best seller The Hidden Life of Trees

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 climate change, 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. We just have to know where to look.

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)

©2021 Peter Wohlleben (P)2021 Greystone Books

What the critics say

“[A] detailed, easy-to-read summary of what research has shown us about 'the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna’. In this excellent and updated sequel to his The Hidden Life of Trees...Wohlleben writes beautifully about the reciprocal bonds we can form with trees and all sorts of nature.” (Psychology Today)

“Drawing on scientific evidence and his many years of experience, [Peter Wohlleben] extolls the wonders of the forest. A persuasive invitation to get outside and bathe in nature, perfect for tree huggers and fans of the author’s other books.” (Kirkus Reviews

“[An] eclectic look at humanity’s relationships with trees.... Nature-minded readers will enjoy this episodic deep dive.” (Publishers Weekly

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  • tess pechka
  • 2021-07-27

Love this book.

If you are human, read this book. You will love it. So much information and so many intriguing speculations.

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  • T. Harrison
  • 2021-07-20

Nurture the Heart

Heartbreaking the horrific destruction that far too many of us have inflicted upon the very nature from which we spring and upon which our survival depends. Peter provides a fascinating and compelling case for ever deeper love of trees - with special attention toward protecting old growth and allowing the space and grace for true forests and fully intact ecosystems - to once again thrive .