Who knew of the miniature worlds within our ancient trees?
Who knew what life-forms an old tree can maintain?
We all love trees, we love the feel of the different textures of bark, we love the many varied types of leaves, and how some change colour before falling to the ground. We love being around ancient trees, and gain hope from walking amongst new saplings, at the start of their lives.
We tree people never tire of being amongst our friends, the trees. We learn a great deal from observation, but we learn a lot also from other people's research.
I've been reading this month about the 'miniature worlds' which live in, on and around our most ancient trees. And about some fascinating attempts to accelerate the aging process of younger trees, in order to allow these miniature worlds to form. Have a read of this article by Katherine Latham. It is astonishing and fascinating.
The lost generation of ancient trees - BBC Future