Twin Tree Sheep Shelter, Wicklow, Ireland - National Tree Week 2021

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Twin Tree Sheep Shelter, Wicklow Twin Tree Sheep Shelter, Wicklow

I have written about almost-treeless landscapes in Ireland before, usually upland areas such as here in the Wicklow Mountains.

And here, two old sycamore trees stand together alone above the boggy terrain, in bad weather providing shelter for sheep as seen in this image.

Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus is not native to Ireland, thought to have been introduced from Europe before the 17th century being first recorded in Derry in 1610, it has now become widely naturalised and is one of Ireland's most common trees.

Sycamore is a strong and sturdy tree, able to withstand all that the Irish weather can deliver.

These sheep are quite happy to have two leafy sycamore sentinels sheltering them in the rugged, open Irish countryside.

Keep a look out for Panoramic Ireland's next tree post for National Tree Week 2021, coming tomorrow.

And find out more about our award-winning photography tours in Dublin for when you next visit Ireland.

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 00:16
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

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