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What’s New – May 2017

New sites:
Itton; Oakclose Plantation, Morestead – Hugo Egleston
Much Cowarne – Paul Wood
Capel Llanilltern; Holford; Llanmerewig; Pentrych – Tim Hills
Our thanks to Stewart Reid who notified us of this previously unrecorded veteran yew at Pentrych.
New photos/information:
Mertsham - Glenn Naylor 
Dunkeld – Ancient Tree Hunt
Linton, Herefordshire; Llywel – Jenny Joice
Aberyscir; Battle; Cilmery (Llanganten); Defynnog; Garthbeibio; Little Cowarne; Llandelio’r Fan; Llangors; Llowes;  Merthyr Cynog; Mordiford; Penpont; Weston Beggard; – Paul Wood
Bathealton; Cilycwm; Gyffin; Llan; Llangeitho; Nailsea-Holy Trinity; Stoke sub Hamdon – Tim Hills
The Church in Wales:
The webpage Church in Wales  > Welsh Churchyard Yews has been updated to include the many new additions over the last three years.
Also the 6 Church in Wales Diocese pages have been updated so that each one is now presented in the same format.  
New article:
The first item on the Looking After Ancient Yew webpage is The Health of Yew, a Pathological Advisory Note published by the Tree Health Division of Forest Research at Alice Holt.  
Help find an old yew:
Some of the sites on these pages have been visited and the following pages have been updated: Aberdeenshire; Ayrshire; Cumbria; Greater London; Herefordshire; Kent; Lancashire; Lincolnshire; Northamptonshire; Nottinghamshire; Shropshire; Sussex.

May 2017

What's New - April 2017

New sites:
Ansford; Barwick; Chilthorne Domer; Chilton Cantelo; Christon; Cutcombe; Llancillo; Llangyview; Loxton; Minto-old churchyard; Nailsea-Christchurch; Othery; Otterhampton; Peterstow; Queen Charlton; Rimpton; Saltford; Sellack; Skilgate; Tellisford; Ubley; Yarlington; Woolverton - Tim Hills
Four of the above are new Veterans - at Cutcombe, Llancillo, Peterstow and Tellisford.
Clehonger; Dormington; Moreton-on-Lugg; Pencombe; Stoke Lacy; Withington - Paul Wood
Moreton Jeffries - Tim Hills/Paul Wood
Capel Glyn Collwng - Michael Woolner/Paul Wood
High Force, Teesdale - Chris Knapman
Dawlish - Angela Williams
Riddell - Alison Stables/Tony Burgoyne
New photos/information
Goetre; Llanarth; Llangattock-juxta-Usk; Llansoy; Llanspyddid; Mamhilad; Stow-on-the-Wold; Todenham - Peter Norton
Eaton Bishop; Little Cowarne village; Llanyre; Maesmynis; Ullingswick - Paul Wood
Llandelio’r Fan; Llansoy; Mells - Tim Hills
Beacon Hill - Zoe Stiles
Drummond Castle - Charles Henderson
Taps Combe - Nathan Pritchard
Steep - Drake and Anne Hocking
Boisney; Fiquefleure-Equineville; Foulbec; Mandeville; Offranville; St Sulpice de Grambouville: St Martin de Tilleul - Wim Peeters

April 2017

What's New - March 2017

New photos have been added at the following sites:
Adlestrop; Bockleton; Goetre; Llanddewi Rhydderch; Llanfoist; Llangattock-juxta-Usk (Penpergwm); Llanllowell; Llanspyddid; Llanvair Discoed; Mamhilad; Stow-on-the-Wold; Todenham - Peter Norton
Discoed; Offa’s Dyke – Maes-Treylow; Westhide – Paul Wood
Taps Combe – Nathan Pritchard

March 2017

What's New February 2017

New full member of the Ancient Yew Group

We welcome Chris Knapman as the 10th full member of the Ancient Yew Group. This will create a strong link between the Ancient Yew Group (AYG) and the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) at an important time for churchyard yew conservation. There will be more on this in the coming months. Chris introduces himself as follows:    

"My connection with the natural world started to develop at age 4 with Ladybird books!

At age 31 I took a degree in Environmental Science at Plymouth University and between 1995 and 2016 spent over 20 years as Plymouth City Council Tree Officer
I am a member of: Butterfly Conservation, Royal Forestry Society (RFS), National Trust, Trees and Design Action Group and am a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association. I obtained the RFS Professional Diploma in Arboriculture in 2000.
I am a Co-opted Board Member of the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) since 2008 and instigated and co-founded Devon Ancient Tree Forum in August 2005.
I am also an assessor for the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme and have worked as Tree Protection Officer for the RHS at Chelsea Flower Show.
I am inspired by the aesthetics, biology and culture of all ancient trees and their associated treescapes, but believe that the Yew is a special case amongst these trees because of their longevity and potential immortality; distinct biology and deep connections with our culture and that of our ancestors. Despite their role as a constant and a connection with our past, it is up to us to secure their future which is inextricably linked with our own in a fast changing world. This sceptr’d isle is of international importance for its ancient Yews and we therefore have a deep responsibility to ensure that there are no further avoidable losses of our Yew heritage.
I intend to work towards this objective with the Ancient Yew Group and its partner organisations (notably the ATF), which have done so much already to gain recognition for our special ancient tree heritage."

28 February 2017

What's New - January 2017

New photos/information
Rossdhu House - Ancient Tree Hunt
Rosneath - Eleanor Evans
Bromham, Wiltshire – Glenda Hunder
Craigends – Judy Dowling
Llanrothal; Moccas - churchyard; Much Dewchurch  - Paul Wood
The Bourneville Yew in Haute Normandie, northern France was badly damaged in a storm on the 12th January. - Janice Gregory 

January 31st 2017