|As with colonial Ireland, today's destruction of the Amazonian Forests is destroying an ancient civilization & way of life that was in harmony with Nature. All done to benefit the greed of outsiders
|Hawthorn Tree, St. Brendan's Abbey, Annaghdown, Co. Galway
The Irish Celts had a tremendous affinity and respect for Nature and particularly with forests, with trees even having an honour price that had to be paid if they were cut down.
Whilst the Irish Celts did not carve large areas of farmland out of the woodlands, they did clear small areas near their settlements and on the edge of the forests for the planting of herbs, fruits and vegetables. These areas were known as 'Leana' or 'Lus Leana' , meaning 'garden' or 'herbal garden'.
|The Rowan (Irish = Caorthann) Tree, associated with Female fairies, A Druid's wand was made from its wood. Its berries were important source of food for wildlife in late autumn
|St. Brendan's Abbey, Annaghdown, Co. Galway