People in Australia are Corresponding with Trees

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Um projeto super inovador na cidade de Melbourne, Austrália, está apresentando resultado surpreendente com cidadãos.


Melbourne é bastante arborizada. Por esse motivo em 2013 a cidade resolveu criar números de identidade e e-mail individuais para cada árvore no intuito de proporcionar a população um meio prático para alertar sobre qualquer problema como galhos pendentes ou alguma árvore que estivesse em risco de queda. O projeto deu muito certo. Mas de uma forma inusitada. Os moradores não só enviam e-mails de alerta, como cartas de amor, questões existenciais e até debates políticos:

“My dearest Ulmus,” 

“As I was leaving St. Mary’s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You’re such an attractive tree.”

To: Golden Elm, Tree ID 1037148

21 May 2015

I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches. Are you as tired of all this construction work as we are?

To: Algerian Oak, Tree ID 1032705

2 February 2015

Dear Algerian oak,

Thank you for giving us oxygen.

Thank you for being so pretty.

I don’t know where I’d be without you to extract my carbon dioxide. (I would probably be in heaven) Stay strong, stand tall amongst the crowd.

You are the gift that keeps on giving.

We were going to speak about wildlife but don’t have enough time and have other priorities unfortunately.

Hopefully one day our environment will be our priority.

To: Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165  

29 May 2015

Dear Green Leaf Elm,

I hope you like living at St. Mary’s. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don’t think that there is much more to talk about as we don’t have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I’m glad we’re in this together.


E o melhor de tudo é que as árvores respondem:

29 May 2015

Hello F,

I do like living here.

I hope you do well in your exams. Research has shown that nature can influence the way people learn in a positive way, so I hope I inspire your learning.

Best wishes,

Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165

To: Willow Leaf Peppermint, Tree ID 1357982

29 January 2015

Willow Leaf Peppermint, Tree ID 1357982

Hello Mr Willow Leaf Peppermint, or should I say Mrs Willow Leaf Peppermint?

Do trees have genders?

I hope you’ve had some nice sun today.



30 January 2015


I am not a Mr or a Mrs, as I have what’s called perfect flowers that include both genders in my flower structure, the term for this is Monoicous. Some trees species have only male or female flowers on individual plants and therefore do have genders, the term for this is Dioecious. Some other trees have male flowers and female flowers on the same tree. It is all very confusing and quite amazing how diverse and complex trees can be.

Kind regards,

Mr and Mrs Willow Leaf Peppermint (same Tree)

Não é uma iniciativa bacana? As autoridades de Melbourne estão satisfeitas com o resultado. O conselheiro do Meio Ambiente, Aaron Wood, comentou: “The email interactions reveal the love Melburnians have for our trees,”.

via Gizmodo, The Atlantic