Witold Szwedkowski, poet and Urban Guerrilla Gardening activist, talks about backyard policy, the spade as a tool of rebellion, and the subversive potential of the pumpkin.
The pine – found in forests, mountains and on shores across much of the northern hemisphere – is a most wonderful tree, evergreen and richly aromatic.
Woodworking is not only a profession – it is also a hobby for those interested in the creative possibilities of wood. It can also have a positive impact on its practitioners’ mental health and wellbeing.
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.
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?
In the primeval Białowieża Forest, a small spruce is growing. But unlike the oak trees that surround it, this spruce is growing above the ground…
Trees can live for hundreds – and in some cases, tens of thousands – of years, making them the most well-versed historians… if only we could communicate with them.
After years of documenting death and suffering, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado turned his lens towards life – the biodiversity of our planet’s flora and fauna, and its indigenous peoples who live in harmony with nature.
Our resident ethnobiologist explores the secrets and treasures of Poland’s meadows and forests, including saskatoon, lindenflower, and Himalayan balsam.
All around us are magic machines that suck carbon out of the air, cost very little and build themselves. Trees – in all their gorgeous variety and spectacular beauty – can make a massive difference to the world, if we accept one condition: we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.
Up until the mid-19th century, only Native Americans living in the area knew about the existence of Californian sequoias. In 1852, hunter Augustus T. Dowd came across 92 huge specimens. Speculators immediately became interested in the Calaveras County sequoias. The first of them, dubbed the “Giant Tree”, was cut down on 27th June 1853.
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
Our ancestors lived in trees millions of years ago. Perhaps that’s why humans seem intent on returning to them. Original publication by Łukasz Stępnik.