Shire is located in the north west region of middle earth and is home to the Hobbits. Shire is a transport limited landscape. This means that the heavy amount of vegetation (in this case grass) limits the rate at which erosion can happen. This makes Shire an ideal place for Hobbits to live in peace. Also, since the houses are underground, they are very well insulated.
Pohutukawa tree, also known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree because it blooms at Christmas (our summer).