New Ancient Exceptional yew discovered

Published: 7 February 2022

While we know there are still many undocumented yew sites to be found, to find a previously unrecorded Ancient (exceptional) specimen has happened to me only once during 25 years of documenting old yews.

In November 2021 I visited the churchyard at Michaelston-le-Pit to discover this vast male tree, more than 9m in girth and reminiscent of the largest yew found at Defynnog. It joins the select group of  Ancient Exceptional yews with a girth above 9m and finds itself in the list of the 50 largest girthed yews recorded in the United Kingdom.

New Discoveries

Tim Hills