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.
Clootie Tree- or Rag Bush. Ireland. Mainly an Irish Traveller (gypsy) tradition. Rags are placed in the belief that if a piece of clothing from someone who is ill, or has a problem of any kind, is hung from the tree, the problem or illness will disappear as the rag rots away. And- sometimes the rag represents a wish or aspiration which will come to pass as the rag rots.
Cragside Scots pine tree is 'tallest of its kind' in UK