Aim for the stars
It is a tricky project to evaluate the condition of a tree, and to take it down safely and without damaging surrounding garden features. Luckily we have international stars caring for the Dokmai Garden trees. Bruno who studies landscape engineering in France includes a stay at Dokmai Garden’s tropical gardening school in his diploma project. Here he takes down an old tree (Star of Bethlehem, Vitex canescens, Lamiaceae). The branches will be used as firewood in the Thai kitchen and the log segments will enrich the biodiversity in the Dokmai Garden monsoon woodland. Dead wood on the ground is a natural component of any forest, being the first link in a food chain for numerous beings. Wood also provides shelter for many interesting creatures and it acts as a sponge to store water and to reduce evaporation, making the climate more favourable.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell