After the last ice age years ago, forests covered this area. About years ago the climate changed and got wetter so peat began to form. In some places, the preserved remains of trees can still be found under the peat.
A SACRED TREE was known as a “bile” [bʲilʲə] in Old Irish. It was often a sacred tree, of great age, growing over a holy well or fort. Five of them are described in the Dindsenchas, and one was an oak, which not only yielded acorns, but nuts and apples.
This is a "Blackhouse" in Lewis, Scotland. It's one of the few that survive after people were moved to stone and lime mortar homes that were referred to as "Whitehouses". This Blackhouse was built in 1880 and was occupied until
The golden pippin apple tree in the orchard, better known as the wishing tree, is covered in hundreds of colourful ribbons. Thought to have magical, spiritual or healing powers, lots of people return year after year to add another ribbon.
Madron holy well in Cornwall is thought to date from pre-Christian times and is still visited by passers-by. A tree near the well is adorned with 'clouties' - pieces of rag - according to the traditional Celtic custom at healing wells.
L'arbre à secrets du Jardin des plantes (Montpellier)
The wild cherry here could be the oldest of its kind and it’s a monstrous specimen. It’s currently trying to ‘layer,’ and if it’s lowest branch makes contact with the ground, then the tree could grow for several more centuries.