About the Elder

Native to most of Europe, the Elder is considered to be the ‘Protective Tree’ of the woods and was used to make wands and musical instruments that would drive evil away. Easily recognisable in mid summer by the mass of flat-topped, white flowers that flourish alongside its bright, green leaves, the tree’s berries are a striking purple/black colour.

Clay scooped up from under an Elder bush would soothe an aching tooth according to Irish rural traditions. Both the tree’s flowers and fruit are used to make drinks – the flowers a refreshing cold drink in summer months, while the fruit is used to produce wine. Elderberries are also used for jam and are rich in Vitamin C.

Often found in hedgerows in Ireland, the plant grows quickly and if often found on nitrogen-rich waste ground. Found throughout the Park, the tree is also considered to be a good wildlife species in that it provides food and shelter for a selection of species.

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The impetus for the development of the Asia Sanctuary is to enhance the Wildlife Park to become an iconic international visitor attraction.

The concept of the development will be in line with the existing unique open nature of the Wildlife Park but will be designed to give this new development an authentic Asian ambiance.

Phase 1: Asian Forestry June 2014

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Phase 2: Asian Wetlands June 2015

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Phase 3: Asian Plains June 2016

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