“The southern part, called Vouno (mountain), is hilly and on the whole stony and barren. The northern one, known as Meroi, meaning "tame" in Greek, is wooded and fertile; and therefore richly cultivated. The other, the barren half, is virgin land and for the most part uncultivated. Its undergrowth too is completely different in nature from the bushes and trees growing in abundance on the fertile northern half of the island. Pine trees proliferate in the northern section, whereas there is not one of them in the southern half that is indigenous to the area. On the other hand, the maple-tree, the olive, the holm-oak, the wild olive and the arbutus, grow here of their own accord and in great numbers. That beautiful tree, the maple, dominates the scene, forming here and there virgin coppices, full of half-wild charm. In times gone by these coppices must have formed parts of big forests, giving the south a somewhat forbidding and wild appearance. Did perhaps deer and wild boar live in them? It would not seem at all unlikely since there are still large trees to be seen here, as well as burnt tree trunks, attesting to the region's verdant wealth. Few coppices survive today on the heaving landscape of this strange southern half of Skyros...”.

 
 
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