Here and on the subpages, tree stories and information will be collected. Expect a somewhat confusing treasure-chamber to be filled with tree folk-tales, biological facts, experiences of trees etc. Feel free to ask in a comment here for something you need in telling and teaching on trees!
Just as an example, here is a “bare-bones” version of a swedish local legend from Per Gustavsson et.al. “När träden valde kung” (When tress elected a king). It could also be used to illustrate scandinavian history where Sweden and Denmark were arch-enemies, in the time of Erik XIV. (Now there is even a bridge connecting the two countries)
Many hundred years ago when Denmark and Sweden were at war, Arild and Tane were in love. They lived in Ugerup in Scania which at that time belonged to Denmark. Arild was sent to fight in the war, but was captured and sent to prison in Stockholm. Tales parents told her to forget him and get another man for a husband. She wouldn’t hear of it, but her father chose a man for her to marry. Now Arild was a nice young man and soon won the trust of the prison guards. When he asked to go home for the wedding, the king agreed. On the condition that he promised to return when he had finished harvesting what he sowed that spring. However, as winter was coming closer, Arild still hadn’t returned. The angry king sent a message that Arild should stand by his word as an honorable knight. Arild answered that he had planted pine (sv – tall, no – furu) seeds and thought it might take some time before they grew up, and even longer before they were ready for harvesting. The king thought that was a clever and amusing trick. So he let Arild stay in Ugerup with his Tane. And even today, you can see the pine trees growing in the forests around Ugerup.
So which are your suggestions and favorite tree stories, myths, experiences and ideas? Please share them in a comment!