Venerable trees are not only about beautiful canopies, stories and often legends among locals. They are extremely important for the entire ecosystem, and their exceptionality grows straight from their roots.
It is underground where the meaning of the old trees is so important. Different species of trees connect with each other into a system of roots exchanging chemical compounds (including CO2), and information. Venerable trees play a role of a real switchboard creating a pillar for functioning of the forest, its immunity to diseases and pests. Robin Wood recommends this TED TALK which sheds much more light on the entire mechanism.
Venerable trees have also an important function above the ground – they provide not only shelter for 30% of insects, are a source of food, attract pollinators, store big quantities of carbon dioxide, but also play a crucial role in the local hydrology.
Taking into account the costliness of the treatment process, Robin Wood decided to support Klub Gaja in its actions. We hope that popularization of the idea of venerable trees treatment and supporting ecological campaigns will help strengthen the forests.