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After the last ice age 10,000 years ago, forests covered this area. About 7,000 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.

For the artists' wishes and goals. when one is accomplished/fulfilled, they get to take it off and put it on the warehouse wall

A clootie tree. It is an ancient tradition to tie a colored rag or ribbon around a tree branch as a sort of offering or prayer (traditionally a healing wish). As the legend goes, when the rag eventually comes loose or disintegrates, the wish is granted. Here's a find article about clootie trees: http://lostandfoundbymaeve.blogspot.com/2011/06/clootie-tree.html

Fairy tree in Tara Hill, Ireland. Trees hold significance importance in the Celtic way of life. Many have healing powers and are considered home to varied spirits such as fairies. Hawthorn trees are also called Wishing trees, May Bushes, or Rag Trees. People tie ribbons to ask for blessings from the local saints or spirits. The Hawthorn tree flowers in May during the time of Beltaine. Often you'll find these trees beside a holy well, or equally it could note the site of an old well.

This is a Mongolian ovoo (or oboo.) Mountain spirits and nature spirits are worshipped at ovoos, which are often found in the mountains and close to roads. They are roughly conical shaped stone heaps often with a large branch of tree, and about 6-10 feet/2-3 meters tall. Travellers passing an ovoo should walk around it 3 times in clockwise direction, to show respect for the spirit, and add a rock to the pile to receive good luck.

Since ancient times Japanese have been marking certain trees as sacred by a rope of straw. Why? Because these trees stand pars pro toto for all trees. All trees are sacred. See G. Nitschke’s From Shinto to Ando, Academy Editions, 1995.

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