From the Garden of Eden to Avatar, sacred groves have been central to religion and myth. Now, for the first time, a global map of religious forests is being created by scientists at Oxford. The project reflects growing awareness that many of the ancient woodlands, still believed by some to be the homes of gods and goddesses, have remained untouched by Man for so many centuries that they have become invaluable hotspots of biodiversity.
This article describes a project resulting from a collaboration between The Alliance of Religions and Conservation and the Biodiversity Institute. (Full article behind paywall).