11 Palms – the public life of sacred trees in the fringe of Bangalore, India

Stories from the Wood Wide Web

Thanks to The Nature of City Festival, I could attend field visits all over the world in the last week of February. Virtually of course. One of my favourite visits was to the fringe of Bangalore, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. In these informal settlements, you find these ‘brave trees’ which will not bend down for new constructions. Stories of care and resistance against loss of historical ecosystems. When I read the title of the documentary (11 Palms), my mind initially captured ‘psalms’, probably because of the reference to the sacredness. But also, when I reflect later upon this, I have to admit that I didn’t read palms, because I really have not been drawn to palm trees and ‘oversaw’ before. When I was in India or Pakistan, I noticed the banyan trees. But not the palm trees. Too ordinary. Not being scared enough for…

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