The transformative power of trees

Published on 01 September 2021

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Trees can play an important role in helping us to slow down and take time away from our often busy technology-filled lives.

While trees play a vital role in our ecosystem, being around trees can provide a sense of calm, helping you to quieten your mind and to de-stress.

Tim James from local business Meditation Life says that there’s a lot we can gain from being around trees.

“The trees were here before we were. I think we can learn so much from them, in their quiet stillness, strength and ability to weather a storm - their resilience.”

“I love meditating looking out at the vastness of the treescape swaying with the wind, either from one of the green parks on the Cobbler Creek trails or from Anstey Hill trails up high.

“It can be deeply insightful, peaceful and connecting.”

Tim recommends forest bathing as a way to connect with our local treescape. This involves all of your senses in natural surroundings.

“Listening to the sounds of nature, savouring the smells, taking your time to feel the trees, the soil or grass under your feet, noticing the different colours, textures, shades of light. Simply being present with nature, slowing down and letting it in,” said Tim.

“There are so many benefits, but the most important is simply how we feel when we slow down in nature and explore.”

Banksia Park resident and frequent hiker, Symon, says there’s something special about being immersed in nature, especially Anstey Hill.

“The smells, the way the wind sounds, the terrain - it’s always changeable. At dusk and dawn, the birdlife and noise is amazing, and during the day it's silent apart from the far off sound of traffic.” 

About one million trees grow on Council-owned land, such as parks and reserves like the Dry and Jubilee creek reserves, the River Torrens Linear Park and Anstey Hill Recreation Park.

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