Australians Email Trees Love Letters

July 13th, 2015 | by

Dear Lovely Tree

Way back in 2013 (a date that actually shouldn’t feel as far away as it does) officials in Melbourne, Australia created a program where trees were assigned ID numbers and email addresses. The program was designed to make it easier for citizens to report problems like broken branches to the proper authorities. What happened as a part of the program was that people actually started to write directly to the trees, with messages of love and existential dilemmas.

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According to CityLab, the chair of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Councillor Arron Wood, said the situation was an “unintended but positive consequence.”

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“The email interactions reveal the love Melburnians have for our trees,” Wood said. City officials shared several of the tree emails with me, but redacted the names of senders to respect their privacy.

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While it may seem strange at first, people actually started gaining a personal connection to nature. What’s even more interesting is that the trees eventually emailed people back, with several correspondences taking place with multiple people.

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While there’s obviously a person replying to these messages, I’d like to believe the trees are getting these emails one way or another.
Source: City Lab