Our Magic Forests


THE SPEECH OF TREES

Germans love their forests. No other European country is bound so deeply to the homeland of trees. One third of our country is covered with woods - 90 billion trees at large. No other natural environment is so deeply linked to our identity. Trees belong to the biggest and oldest organisms on the planet. Our Magic Forests takes the viewer along into this marvel of evolution and narrates astonishing stories of the realm of trees.

Even though they stay put their entire life, trees are no solitary and silent  beings. They have friends and business partner, relatives and enemies - and are linked to all of them. Below ground each tree roots takes up about twice as much space as its crown in airy heights. And in just one teaspoon of forest soil, miles long fungi networks can be located - as tiny pipes they connect whole forests like the internet connects our computers. Nearly all trees in the forest cooperate with one or more fungi-friends. The underground network even helps the trees to provide their offspring, away in the shade, with essential nutrients. Through the „wood wide web“ of fungi, the forest practically becomes a gigantic organism. In here the trees trade nutrients - and information. But chemical messages, through whose help the trees communicate or fend of enemies, also float in the woodland air. Like invisible communication-banners they pervade the woods. The air is furthermore nourished with oxygen, a waste product of the photosynthesis. One tree alone covers the daily requirement of ten humans. Therefore „Forestbathing“ is for long been used as therapy - not only in Japan, where it has been invented. Beneath trees we wind down and become more healthy. Because even though we don’t understand them, the secret speech of trees, also works on us. And maybe we love our forest so much, because of that.

Even though they stay put their entire life, trees are no solitary and silent  beings. They have friends and business partner, relatives and enemies - and are linked to all of them. Below ground each tree roots takes up about twice as much space as its crown in airy heights. And in just one teaspoon of forest soil, miles long fungi networks can be located - as tiny pipes they connect whole forests like the internet connects our computers. Nearly all trees in the forest cooperate with one or more fungi-friends. The underground network even helps the trees to provide their offspring, away in the shade, with essential nutrients. Through the „wood wide web“ of fungi, the forest practically becomes a gigantic organism. In here the trees trade nutrients - and information. But chemical messages, through whose help the trees communicate or fend of enemies, also float in the woodland air. Like invisible communication-banners they pervade the woods. The air is furthermore nourished with oxygen, a waste product of the photosynthesis. One tree alone covers the daily requirement of ten humans. Therefore „Forestbathing“ is for long been used as therapy - not only in Japan, where it has been invented. Beneath trees we wind down and become more healthy. Because even though we don’t understand them, the secret speech of trees, also works on us. And maybe we love our forest so much, because of that.

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First airing 28th May 2017, 7:30 pm, on ZDF

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