This book celebrates some of the biggest, tallest, broadest plants in Northern Ireland… our trees. Some are champions in size, great giants among their peers. Others are loved landmarks in the landscape, others interwoven with particular people, historic events or folklore. Trees help create a distinctive “sense of place”. They are an integral part of the character and identity of any locality. The trees growing in any given location evoke powerful links with the culture and history of an area, whether descended from our once vast natural forest or planted by man to serve his needs.
Through them we are connected in a very real way to our local environment. Those included in this book are only a few among many that could have been featured. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list but rather an inspiration and encouragement to everyone to look again at the trees they know and to take a fresh look at new trees. There are so many more out there that deserve recognition and need to be recorded.
Please remember that if trees are on private land you need permission for access to them.