Trees are the most essential and functional units of our ecosystems. Trees are found in wide varieties of shapes and sizes and have different products that help the environment’s sustainability. Although trees have more subtle responsibilities, converting carbon dioxide to essential oxygen, providing raw materials like woods, a source of flowers and fruits, home to birds and other organisms are quite a few to mention.
WHAT IS MAN DOING WITH TREES
Since the usage of trees will only give man assets, he has reached the extreme zenith of tree consumption to the extent that there will be chaos in the ecosystems if nothing is done towards ‘the slavery of trees.’
Lately, a lot more research has been conducted to improve the ecosystem’s situation based on the existence of trees. Few people have made them in the form of art and usage strategy.
Let us take a glimpse at it.
MAN WHO GREW 40 FRUITS ON A SINGLE TREE
Fruits are one of man’s favorite products, and fruits are an outcome of trees having a strange way to increase their progeny through their fruits, making them delicious.
Sam Van Aken, an art professor at Syracuse University located in the United States, came up with modifying a tree that can fruit throughout the year. This project was called ‘tree of 40 fruits,’ and it took about 5 years to complete this project.
The tree bared fruits like plums, nectarines, cherries, peaches, apricot and almonds, and other varieties of the mentioned fruit family.
Initially, Sam combined variety onto the root structure on one selected tree sapling. Once the tree grew, he started inserting budding into the branch of the tree. This is called chipping and grafting. He then joined various tree pieces using tapes and essential nutrients. Finally, he let the tree grow to a fully matured state.
Sam was able to modify 16 such trees in the span of 5 years.
MAN WHO GROWS FURNITURE
Gavin Munro, a designer from England, thought of starting his project, which involved growing furniture sequentially rather than cutting woods and damaging trees.
His idea evolved when he saw a bonsai tree that took the form of a chair in his backyard.
Plant the tree of the desired type; after it has grown to a suitable height, the soft buds need to be shaped using the desired form. After the stem has reached a suitable thickness, all the other parts are joined together by grafting them and letting them grow.
Many products are designed by this process—furniture like chairs, table lamps, outdoor decorative, mirror frames, tables, and many more.
Projects consisting of living walls are taken up by many companies in many parts of the world. This includes growing trees or bushes into the form of compounds. These compounds are usually found in separate pieces of varied sizes grown inside fiber units. These individual pieces can be combined and planted to the ground to get the desired compound.
This method is more reliable since the compounds can be relocated and can be easily installed. These compounds have a valid minimum life of 10 years.
These instances reveal that man can again connect to nature and effectively utilize their products without affecting the ecosystems.