Do Trees talk?

Fortey sounds appalled when he was informed by Simard that he detected a spiritual aspect in the forest saying,

“Spiritual? Oh dear, oh dear, well there’s nothing to be said about that. Look, trees are networkers. They do communicate in their own way. What worries me is that people find this so appealing that they immediately leap to faulty conclusions. Namely that trees are sentient beings like us.”

Meanwhile, Fortey revealed a notable offender named Peter Wohlleben regarding this matter. He said,

“There is a lot of good new science in his book, and I sympathize with his concerns, but he describes trees as if they possess consciousness and emotions. His trees are like the Ents in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.”

On the other hand, Wohlleben smiles and answered Fortey’s criticism saying,

“Scientists insist on language that is purged of all emotion. To me, this is inhuman, because we are emotional beings, and for most people, scientific language is extremely boring to read. The wonderful research about giraffes and acacia trees, for example, was done many years ago, but it was written in such dry, technical language that most people never heard about it.”

According to Smithsonian Mag,

“Wohlleben’s first priority is to not be boring, so he uses emotional storytelling techniques. His trees cry out with thirst, they panic and gamble and mourn. They talk, suckle and make mischief. papa survey is where you can voice out.

If these words were framed in quotation marks, to indicate a stretchy metaphorical meaning, he would probably escape most of the criticism. But Wohlleben does not bother with quotation marks because that would break the spell of his prose. Then one day, it’s all over. The trunk snaps and the tree’s life is at an end. ‘Finally,’ you can almost hear the young trees-in-waiting sigh.”