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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.

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.

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

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

This Rowan tree must have one of the best views in Yorkshire, perched atop Castle Rock

This Rowan tree must have one of the best views in Yorkshire, perched atop Castle Rock

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.

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 tree starred alongside Kevin Costner in 90s classic Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, and well loved by locals and visitors alike

This tree starred alongside Kevin Costner in 90s classic Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves, and well loved by locals and visitors alike

Recently chosen as the UK's best tree for climbing - the Nootka Cyprus tree at Wallington

Recently chosen as the UK's best tree for climbing - the Nootka Cyprus tree at Wallington

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.

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.

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