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Beautiful ancient woodland on the outskirts of L'Derry city
The Woodland Trust’s Prehen Wood is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woods. Ancient woodland is land continuously wooded since at least 1600, and Prehen has certainly seen its share of centuries come and go. Today’s wood is a remnant of the extensive woodland that once covered much of the east bank of the River Foyle, stretching as far as Strabane. At 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres), the remaining woodland is much reduced from its former size. That which remains, however, is a treasure trove – a place of great beauty and a precious wildlife habitat in the middle of an otherwise urban landscape.