Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
The world and your Catholic life, all in one place.
Subscribe to Aleteia's free newsletter!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

In Ireland, a Celtic cross grows in a forest

Share

The ancient symbol, seen only from the air, is the result of meticulous planning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmGueWa_k9c

A visitor to Ireland would expect to see the Celtic cross, that ancient symbol where a ring is superimposed over cross bars. But now, folks flying over a certain area of the Emerald Isle may see it in an unusual place.

For a few years, air passengers on approach to the Derry City airport have reported seeing the Christian symbol embedded in a forest—the design made out of trees with a lighter hue than those of the background.

It turns out that the natural cross, which measures approximately 328 feet by 230 feet, was the result of meticulous planning on the part of a local forester.

ITV, a television station in County Donegal, discovered recently that the designer of the unusual sight was Liam Emmery, who passed away in 2010 after suffering brain damage in an accident.

Gareth Austin, a horticultural expert, regards the cross as a feat of horticultural engineering.

“For Liam to have created that and to give the gift of that to the rest of us, we’re going to be appreciating this for the next 60 or 70 years,” Austin told ITV.

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.