Forest Bathing

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The path to the trees

I’ve just been reading a Facebook post about Shinrin-Yoku, which translated means ‘Spending more time around trees’. Which is what I’ve been doing this last couple of beautiful days; not just spending time around them, but taking what the Japanese call a ‘Forest Bath’. Lying under them.

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The Biggest Pine

All the more enjoyable because these are all trees that we planted nearly forty years ago, so they are family.

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Scots Pine family

The smell of the Pine resin heated by the sun was quite intoxicating, and no doubt mightily healing as well. Lucky, because I was in search of healing.

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Wych Elm trunks

These pale trunks are those of a Wych Elm, which was grown from a cutting Roger took from a hedge up the lane. Wych elm is said to be a bit more resistant to Dutch Elm disease, which shows no mercy to our native Elms.

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Wych Elm seeds

Here in the foreground are the embryonic seeds of the Wych Elm; still not much sign of leaves yet. And the Ash tree: its flowers are a thing of wonder – just look at this exotic beauty!

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Ash flowers

Or this: the furled leaves of the Wild Service Tree:

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Wild Service Tree leaves

Evening on its way now: time to go in, well bathed in Forest. Well healed.

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1 comment
  1. jersheharvey said:

    Hello Bronwen, Enjoyed this very much, thank you and have two suggestions as a result. First, there’s a lovely exhibition on at the Museum of Somerset, ‘A Fragile Beauty’, paintings of the Blackdowns by Camden Town artists, 1909-1925, which has alongside it a short film, made by MIchael Tomlinson, of walks on the Blackdown, which are mostly in woods. You may not know of either. Secondly I read a review in the LRB, p15, 16 Feb. ’17, of a book calledThe Hidden Life of Trees:What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben, published by Greystone, 2016 @ £16.99. It was very interesting and suggests we underestimate trees. Food for thought and humility. Best wishes & happy Easter, Jeremy

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