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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Holly Tree beside Glenealo River

Holly, Cuileann, Ilex aquifolium

Trees are rare in the uplands of the Park outside of the wooded valleys and commercial forest plantations. Prior to the arrival of the first farmers five thousand years ago the hills would have been covered with trees. Mountains such as Derrybawn would have been cloaked in oak trees which is revealed by it's Irish name 'Doire B�n' which means white oakwoods. Holly is normally an understorey tree of deciduous woodlands. The above tree has been shaped by the winds blowing down through the Glenealo Valley and into the Glendalough Valley. It can be found along the 'Spinc and Glenealo Valley' (White) walking trail.

Deciduous Woodland..»
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