How to Plant a Tree: A Simple Celebration of Trees and Tree-Planting Ceremonies

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Penguin, Apr 15, 2010 - Gardening - 128 pages
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This gorgeously packaged little book celebrates trees and their life-affirming presence in our lives.

The earth's longest living organisms, trees exemplify nature's great strength as well as its majestic beauty. Serving as virtual lungs for our planet, trees provide us with food, medicine, and our most versatile building material. To plant a tree is to plant hope, and as an act of commemoration, it literally gives life to that remembered. While it is in-deed a practical book that explains exactly how to plant and care for a tree, How to Plant a Tree is so much more. Drawing on the ancient rituals and folklore that surround particular trees, the author explores their symbolism and traditional uses, and offers suggestions for various commemorative tree-planting acts, such as:

A marriage ceremony

A new baby ceremony

A new home ceremony

A memorial for a loved one

With lovely original black-and-white illustrations throughout, How to Plant a Tree encompasses a wealth of both useful and inspiring information, including fascinating miscellany on some of our most beloved tree species like the willow, the oak, and the plum; how to calculate a tree's age; and how you can use trees to fight climate change.

How to Plant a Tree will inspire readers to view trees as living structures of hope that will be treasured for generations to come.
 

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Contents

HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDLINGS
PLUM
TREE OF LIFE
WILLOW
POPLAR
MONKEY PUZZLE
HOW TO PROTECT A TREE
HOW TO KEEPYOUR TREES HEALTHY
EUCALYPTUS
WOLLEMI PINE
HOW THE AGE OF ATREE IS CALCULATED
HOW TO ENCOURAGE WILDLIFE
LARCH
RUBBER TREE
HOW TO COMBATCLIMATE CHANGE

HOW TO LAY A HEDGE
ASH
MAPLE
HOW TO GROW A BONSAI TREE
HOW TO GRAFT A TREE
APPLE
BIRCH
OLIVE
HOW A COPPICEDWOODLAND WORKS
HAZEL
CHERRY
VINE
HOW TREES ARE FERTILIZED
FIG
COCONUT PALM
ANCIENT FARMING
HOW TO USE TIMBERRESPONSIBLY
EBONY
WALNUT
BAOBAB
HOW TO USE TREES FOR FUEL
REDWOODS
OAK
FALL
HOW TO CLONE
SPRUCE
FUNGI
BRISTLE CONE PINE
BALLED BURLAPPED
YEW
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About the author (2010)

Daniel Butler is a 42 year-old novelist and freelance journalist, specialising in rural and environmental issues. His books include The Red Tail: Sharing the Seasons with a Hawk (Jonathan Cape, 1994) and Urban Dreams, Rural Realities (Simon & Schuster, 1998). He is currently working on a book charting the history of man's changing attitudes to the environment and contemplating his first novel. His main income, however, comes from articles for titles such as The Telegraph, The Express and Country Living, supplemented by book reviews for The Guardian. As well as frequent interviews on rural issues for radio and television, he is a regular lecturer and interviewer at the Hay Festival. He has taught literary skills to both undergraduates and at adult evening classes and currently provides writing seminars for the Tourism Training Forum for Wales. Daniel lives on a 13-acre smallholding in Mid-Wales where he cultivates weeds and despises sheep when not indulging his passions for falconry and wild mushrooms. He has two children, four hawks, two dogs and a ferret.

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