14 May 2024

A closer look at the relationship between people and trees

From Afternoons, 1:25 pm on 14 May 2024

What would you say in a love letter to a tree? A research project examining the connects the inhabitants of a city have with its trees is uprooting from Melbourne and heading the Christchurch. Arbor-Amor: love letters to a city's trees began as a simple concept across the ditch. Trees were given email addresses and residents asked to send their concerns about branch removal, protruding roots or watering needs. What happened next is fascinating - letters of love, loss, comfort and difficulties were sent - with heartwarming stories of connection and creativity. Dr Catherine Phillips is a lecturer at University of Canterbury and research team member at PlantCities. She speaks to Jesse.

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