Love is profoundly at the heart of what makes life meaningful. Yet at the personal level its expression vies with more selfish tendencies. And at the collective level, it is often absent in business models and the governance structures of nation states. As individuals, businesses and nation states pursue legitimate values, love’s perceptible presence, or absence, gives radically different trajectories to development: utopia or dystopia, heaven or hell. This paper was written as a discourse on love-infused development, with a particular focus on forests (though by no means applicable only to them). The hope is that it might lighten the gloom that has crept into the development community in the wake of recent international events such as the Copenhagen COP and Rio+20.