From ancient times, people appreciated the spiritual value of trees, singling out individual trees for special veneration. In words and images, this is a rich compendium about our relationship with trees, collating so many tree-related remnants of our pagan spiritual past and tree-related oral history into one place.
CHRISTINE ZUCCHELLI first visited Ireland in the 1980s. Captivated by the wealth of the country's heritage, after graduating from Innsbruck University she studied Irish Folklore at University College Dublin. She travelled the country in search of the myths, legends and folklore behind the veneration of particular stones and trees. While living in west Clare, she worked as a guide and organiser of special-interest tours to Ireland, and researched aspects of the sacred landscape. She now lives in Innsbruck although she travels to Ireland as often as possible.