Plant a Tree and Retree the World – We all have our personal views, experiences and thoughts about the beauty and wonder of trees. Whether it is the amazing heights they reach, the colours they share, the density and shapes of their bodies or the gifts they produce, be it leaves, flowers or fruits. I love to look at the trunk of a tree, touch the bark, and enjoy the fabulous patterns it can produce. Each tree has its own individual story from beyond the canopy to the fallen leaves to the base of its roots.
Whether you’re a keen gardener, an avid environmental activist or simply want to learn more about these beautiful and powerful organisms, Plant a Tree and Retree the World by author Ben Raskin is a must-read book. Not only relays a powerful message but it contains beautiful illustrations from popular screen-printer Rosanna Morris, which are stunning.
Written by farming and gardening pioneer, communicator, advisor and author Ben Raskin, head of horticulture at the Soil Association, and supported by Friends of the Earth UK, this earthy call-to-action teaches the practical how-tos alongside the most interesting insights to appreciate the significance of magnificent trees.
As movements to rewild the world around us gain pace, tree planting is being recognised as an empowering, practical and surprisingly simple action that each and every one of us can do in our backyard, park, local community, school, town or city.
Sections in this book include:
Trees and the World – This sectioncelebrates just how vital trees are, from how they help regulate the climate and absorb dangerous methane and nitrous oxide, to how they enrich the soil, support wildlife, and keep our city air clean, as well as the threats they face from climate change.
Growing Your Own Tree – Tips on growing saplings from seed, cuttings, or grafting, plus guidance on care and maintenance, from weeding and mulching to when to prune and pollard.
Forty Best Trees – A guide to the top40 of our favourite trees, appreciated for their fruit and nuts, their ornamental value, and the role they play in supporting wildlife, including a neat introduction to how to recognise trees by their leaf shape, flowers, seeds, and fruit.
Trees and Happiness – Research has revealed that trees are effective at reducing stress levels and improving our mental well-being, and this section digs into exactly how this happens.
There has never been a better time to plant a tree! From their invaluable role in fighting climate change and cleaning the air of our cities to the huge mental health benefits being around their leafy presence can bring, trees are at the very centre of both our urban and rural ecosystems.
This book makes a wonderful gift and was a delight to read.