Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gut reaction

In this book, the author argues the value of working with our hands. And it's not just an intellectual exercise - he's a PhD who decided to be a mechanic. Trades can be very fulfilling when approached as craft - something the white collar, cubicle-dweller doesn't know. What's this got to do with trees? This. Planting and growing trees is a craft. It involves a feel - a sensitivity - and this is being lost from our Parks and Gardens departments. Does all this make me sound like an old fossil? Probably. But is it still true? Yep. Bottom line: if you have no gut reaction to trees - or can't develop one - you have no business planting and growing them. Do something else. The urban forest is too important to be left in your hands.

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