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The Mighty Yew Tree

Sunday 11th June 2017

English Yew (Taxus baccata)

Also known as the common yew this evergreen tree is frequently found in cemeteries and churchyards as a symbol of transcendence. Yews lead extraordinarily long lives, with many living over 500 years and one particular example in Scotland believed to be over 2000 years old, one of the oldest trees in Britain. Wood from the yew was used to make longbows in Britain for over 6000 years and yew has been used for tools for a great deal longer, wooden tools over 400,000 years old have been found in Clacton on Sea. The yew we are planting on our park is a great deal younger at only 10 years old; you can find them on the approach to the woodland from the halls.

Fun fact: Yew trees contain a chemical which has been developed as anti-cancer drugs.

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