Modern society is moving further and further away from greenery, with forests and parks obscured behind screens and windows.
The pine – found in forests, mountains and on shores across much of the northern hemisphere – is a most wonderful tree, evergreen and richly aromatic.
A trip to the forest gives us the chance to reflect on nature – in all its wet, blooming, perfumed springtime glory.
Move over, forest bathing.
The forest is full of life, not only in the green leaves that burst out of tree crowns, but also underground, where a dense collection of roots and fungi form a communication network.
The Białowieża Primaeval Forest is one of the oldest forests in Europe. It is also home to a number of centuries-old burial mounds.
Our unmatched biologist-reporter takes a camping trip to the forest, where – after eating a freshly-picked mushroom breakfast – he ends up on the other side of the mycelium.
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
As the springtime air emerges from the winter frost, so too do the blossoming flowers of tiny plants and enormous trees. Nature’s floral fanfare is a joy to behold.
As natural, primeval forests across the world continue to shrink, might we look towards popular fantasy fiction to better understand how we must preserve the gifts of nature?