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UK’s tree man

DNMUM427276 | 12/2/2018 | Author : Ornella D’Souza | WC :807

Debutant author, Jonathan Drori, CBE, eats, sleeps and breathes trees, finds Ornella D’Souza
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Parents can go to the wildest lengths to involve their children in their interests, hoping it’ll tickle them enough to take it up as adults. Like Jonathan Drori’s dad taught him about tree species by making him taste them. That meant licking the latex off an opium poppy, or chewing the leaves of Dieffenbachia or the ‘dumb cane’ to experience the numb feeling caused in the tongue and throat by the needle-shaped calcium oxalate crystals present in it. Drori was to learn this was how plantation slave labourers too ‘vocal’ about their rights were punished.
The venue for these tutorials was the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), also called Kew Gardens, close to where the family lived. Watching his dad weep over the death of a cedar tre
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