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Red Ivy

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The shades of autumn covering a building in Deans Yard, London, UK.


Hedera (English name ivy, plural ivies) is a genus of 15 species of climbing or ground-creeping evergreen woody plants native to the Atlantic Islands, western, central and southern Europe, northwestern Africa and across central-southern Asia east to Japan. On suitable surfaces (trees and rock faces), they are able to climb to at least 25–30 metres above the basal ground level.


Dean's Yard comprises most of the remaining precincts of the former monastery of Westminster, not occupied by the Westminster Abbey buildings. It is a large gated quadrangle, closed to public traffic, surrounding a green upon which Westminster School pupils have legal rights to play football: the modern forward-passing game of football was a direct consequence of Westminster and Charterhouse schools.

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Taken on October 16, 2007