Arboreal explores living root bridges

Earlier this year we visited the living root bridges in the Indian state of Meghalaya. In the mountainous region of Cherrapunjee near the border with Bangladesh local people have found a unique way to cross the many rivers and streams. Where people the world over have felled trees to build bridges, the villagers here have chosen a different approach. It is one that expresses their long-term thinking and Animistic traditions. They have gathered together the aerial roots of the Ficus elastica trees and grown them - over decades - across the rivers to form pedestrian bridges. The trees remain alive in a cooperative synthesis that offers rich inspiration for how humanity might come to live in greater harmony with natural systems.

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