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Intelligent Trees

Trees talk, know family ties and care for their young? Peter Wohlleben ('The Hidden Life of Trees') and Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating communication between trees over decades. Intelligent Trees features the main observations that are covered in Peter Wohlleben's best selling book.
Julia Dordel
Suzanne SimardPeter Wohlleben
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4.4 out of 5 stars

51 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
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Sil GreenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Putting science behind the obvious
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I felt, as she said at the end - this science only proves what I have known all along. Now lets say it loud and clear: ALL LIVES MATTER!!!! Not just those pesky homo sapiens that still can't agree about their own species variations. ALL lives, from insect, rodents, to trees and shrubs! ALL!
17 people found this helpful
AliceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Heavily personifies trees, thin on the science
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This is a topic I'm super interested in and I was a bit disappointed in this documentary. They take quite a bit of poetic licence in their interpretation of the science and don't provide solid evidence for their claims. It was also very humancentric so all the fascinating processes they were finding get related to human things like family relationships and the human brain. Trees are their own miracle, does there have to be a narrative that makes them like us for them to be considered interesting?

Having said that I think its a nice introduction to the wood wide web for the uninitiated and I'm glad for anything that makes it better known.
6 people found this helpful
AquariumologistReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well worth a watch
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While i accept that it's a challenge to get the balance right between making a film that has the widest possible appeal, and which therefore errs on the side of keeping things simple, and using rigorous scientific language and risk losing most of your audience, I think they got the balance wrong on this one.

That's shame because the science is fundamentally good, but wasn't well-served by endless repetitions of anthropomorphic terms being applied to trees, especially since this confused rather than clarified the message.

The important 'take away' is that everything in a forest is linked and communicates directly via root systems or indirectly via the mycorrhizal networks and that such networks can cover vast distances, and have a massive influence on the growth and health of trees. If that isn't incredibly important information for forestry businesses about to invest enormous amounts of money into a 'crop' that'll take decades to see a return on, I don't know what is. The problem is that if the information is presented in this rather dumbed down, unscientific way, it's understandable that it won't be taken seriously, when it should be.

Me, I'm an old hippie who also happens to be a biologist so whilst it wasn't stated explicitly, I could see what the various scientists were hinting at about the research they'd done. Why that wasn't gone into in more thorough depth and why the import of their research wasn't more factually spelled out, makes little sense to me. Even so, they get four stars for talking about an important subject, if not as effectively as might have been wished.
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qotfuReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I knew a lot of this to be true already being an old hippy tree hugger, but was pleased to learn more. Recycle your wood and your furniture people!
9 people found this helpful
T. RussellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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The film instantly turned on dumb drivel mode - awful music, siily pictures of walking barefoot through the woods, a chat from someone, an ineptly scripted voiceover; in short, a desperate bid to avoid rational exposition - because science is 'hard'. If you have intelligence, prepare to shed it now. Leave it on the nursery shelf, where tots can vomit over it.
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Lauren LouiseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Never cut down a tree again!
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We were always taught that the meek shall inherit the earth....Hopefully trees are the meek. In this programme we are taught that trees are self-sacrificing, they will slow down their growth to help grow weaker siblings/members of their family and that they thrive on diversification. Single species (ie fir farms) do poorly in comparison to those trees with non-related companions. We are also taught, importantly, that felling trees and growing a forest of single 'orphans' is unsuccessful as they lack communication skills. The success of a forest is within its intricate communication networks including stumps, saplings and seasoned/mature trees.
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DGBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really good, I expected to be bored but it was definatly worth a watch.
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This was not what I expected it was so interesting and informative.

This documentary should be shown in primary schools year 4,5,6 then high school to really get through to the mini people one day soon taking over the planet.

If you have seen Avatar and "got it" then you will love this....the fact behind what the animators put together.
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Hayley TeapotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Trees need hugs!
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So when you hug one tree, you are hugging the whole forest : )
This is an awesome documentary. We need to start loving our trees, woods & forests.
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