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Spending time among trees can offer humans access to the company of other living things like nothing else can.

Studies have shown that spending more time in nature can boost our overall happiness and wellbeing. The flipside is a growing understanding that humans are becoming more disconnected from nature.

The symbol of a tree, with its abundant foliage resting across long branches and complex root system tunnelling into the earth, has had an enduring place in human history. As plant science expert Jonathan Drori describes, several cultures consider trees to possess a certain sacred quality. He points to their beauty and ability to adapt to different environments as being revered across the globe – from India’s banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they are diverse and inspiring.

What is it about a living tree that enlivens our senses and inspires the spirit in a way the urban environment struggles to replicate? And why are we losing a grip on this essential connection to the natural world?

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