Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ancient Yews


Another reason to love this country.

There's a group for ancient yews.

That's yew trees. Taxus baccata.

Ancient ones. (that means very very old ones.)

Aims of the Ancient Yew Group

* To raise public awareness of the national and world wide importance of our ancient Yews.

* To survey, record and monitor the health of our ancient Yews.

* To highlight potential threats.

* To research and collate all modern and historical references of our ancient Yew heritage.

* To provide advice to help people protect their ancient Yews.

* To campaign for better protection and seek government support.

* To bring together Yew tree enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to discuss, enthuse and help towards achieving the above aims.


Imagine. There are yew tree enthusiasts here.

Try to picture that in any other country. Can't can you?

The Fortingall Yew is an ancient yew (Taxus baccata) in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall in Perthshire, Scotland. Various estimates have put its age at between 2,000 and 5,000 years; recent research into yew tree ages suggests that it is likely to be nearer the lower limit of 2,000 years. This still makes it the oldest tree in Europe