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What's New - December 2014

Church of England
Information about the churchyard yews in the diocese of Hereford is now available on the Church of England webpage. Ancient or veteran yews are found at no fewer than 60 churchyard sites in this diocese, giving it responsibility for the most prolific collection of our oldest yews in any Church of England diocese.

New sites
Birchend Gospel Yew; Byton - Tim Hills

New photos/information 

Chetton; Forthampton; Llandinabo; Loughton; Ratlinghope; Sidbury; Titley, showing a dratic reduction in the tree; Worfield – Tim Hills

Sutton Mandeville – Peter Norton

Lost yews
Chaceley; Tirley


December 2014

What's New - November 2014

Church of England 
Information about the yews in the Diocese of Exeter is now available on the Church of England webpage.
Church in Wales
Important sites in Wales have been revisited. At remote Llangadwaladr in the Diocese of St Asaph nine yews are recorded and at Llanwnog in the diocese of Bangor six of its many yews are significant. Reports are found on the Church in Wales webpage.
New photos
Penpont – Peter Norton and Geoff Garlick
Lost Yew

November 2014

What`s New – October 2014

A pair of yews in the northern section of Defynnog churchyard, near Brecon, has been claimed to be 5,000 years old. Most of the articles that appeared in the press reported this claim as if it was an accurate scientific discovery. Ancient Yew Group member Toby Hindson addresses the issue. The article is found on the Church in Wales webpage, or by clicking on the title above.     
Church of England
Information about the churchyard yews in the dioceses of Portsmouth and Worcester is now available on the Church of England webpage
New sites in France
Ancient yew(s) at Boisney; Saint-Clair-d'Arcey; Saint Victor d'Epine      
Veteran yew(s) at Houlbec-pres-le-Gros-Theil; La Lande-Saint-Leger; Plourin-les-Morlaix; Saint-Martin-du-Tilleul; Saint-Eloi-de-Fourqes; Touville 
Notable yew(s) at Abbaye de Fontaine-Guerard; Jumieges Abbey; Le Torpt; Saint-Eustache-la-Foret   
New photos/information - France
Epreville-en-Roumois; Fiquefleure-Equainville; Gouy; Le Chefresne; Le Trait; Le Troncq; Quai de Jumieges; Saint-Maudez; Saint-Meloir-des-Bois; Triqueville; Mandeville; Vieux Bourg-eglise Saint Lormel
Lost Yews - France
Formentin; Quevreville-la-Poterie; Saint-Vigor-des-Monts
New sites - England
Compton Hangers at Old Idsworth - Peter Norton
Llanddew - Philip Davies
New photos
Abenhall; Awre; Minsterworth - Peter Norton
Sussex scrap book
Rather than throw out an old scrapbook that had come into her possession, Rose Hanbury thought the photos of old yews might be of interest to the Ancient Yew Group. Among these photos, taken in 1975, are the last pictures taken of 4 yews when they were still alive, at Aldingbourne, South Berstead and 2 at Sullington.    

October 2014

What's New - September 2014

Church of England
Yews in the Diocese of Chichester. A webpage dedicated to the Ancient and Veteran yews in this diocese is now available, with information about the yews at 33 sites in East and West Sussex.  
New photos/information
Compton Dundon; Curry Mallett; Churchill; Puckington; Stocklinch; South Petherton; North Perrott – Peter Norton

Llanfarchell - Amy Green

September 2014

What`s New – August 2014

Cissbury Ring yews saved
The Sussex Ornithological Society reported on 24th July that the yew trees on Cissbury Ring had been spared, though it remains unclear why they should have been under threat in the first place. Bernie Forbes writes: "It’s just been confirmed today by Jane Cecil who is the General Manager, South Downs National Trust that we have managed to save the yew trees on Cissbury Ring. This is subject to English Heritage and Natural England who will have to approve the application to fence around the trees, as it is within the boundaries of a SSSI and an Archeological Ancient Monument. So fingers crossed, this is a really good result for the Ring Ouzels and other wildlife. Many thanks to all of you who have help by contributing contacts and information regarding this matter". 
New photos/information
A revisit to Llantysilio confirmed that the large leaning fragment is part of an ancient tree. In 1817 a girth of 20ft was recorded. In 2004 all that could be seen through the undergrowth was a 14ft girthed fragment, but in 2014 it was possible to trace the original line of the tree throught pieces of stump. This established that its girth might have once been in the region of about 28ft.
Mamhilad was revisited to carry out a more thorough investigation of its "12 fine yews" recorded by Archdeacon Coxe when he visited in 1799. There are also updated reports at Llangyniew, Berriew and Llandyssil.   


31 August 2014

What's New - July 2014

Some Management Considerations for our Ancient Yews  by Russell Ball is a revised version of a document that has been on our website since 2005.  
In a visit to west Wales several new discoveries were made:
At Ciliau Aeron an ancient and veteran were recorded.
At Eglwyswrw a veteran was discovered – not in a churchyard, but probably marking the site of an earlier church in this village.
A veteran was discovered at Llangybi, where they have allowed a fallen tree to be left in situ. 
It was a disappointment to discover that the fallen fragment from an ancient yew at Cenarth had been removed. As recently as 2005 three fragments remained, this has now reduced to just one.
At Llanafan an ancient yew was confirmed.
Notable yews were recorded at Llandissilio and Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn.
New sites
Longstock Park – Hugo Egleston
West Coker – Peter Norton
Usk – Tim Hills
New photos/information
Ashbrittle; Ashill; Dinnington; Dunkerton; East Chinnock: Kingstone; Middle Chinnock; Odcombe; Palmer’s Copse; Priston; Seavington St Mary; Seavington St Michael; Ston Easton; West Chinnock; Westbury-sub-Mendip; Whitelackington – Peter Norton
Freystrop; Llanllowell – Tim Hills
Lost yews
Llanrhystud; Llanychaearn; Bwlch-llan, formerly Nantcwnlle

July 2014

What`s New – June 2014

New Articles
The yews in Bolderwood Grounds in the New Forest are surveyed by Peter Norton
Church in Wales
Multiple yew sites at Llangunnor, Llangathen and Ystradgynlais were visited to obtain up to date information. This can now be seen on the Diocesan webpages of Swansea and Brecon (Ystradgynlais) and St Davids (Llangathen and Llangunnor).
New sites
Markwells Wood, Hampshire – Hugo Egleston
Bishopwood, Herefordshire – Jon Tainton
Coxbench Hall – Mike Goold
New photos/information
Ellisfield woodland and Paddockhurst Estate – Peter NortonSaint-Symphorien; Le Chefresne; Much Marcle; Rotherfield; Warburton

A 1912 photo of the lost Chipstead Yew can be seen on the List of Yew Sites webpage

June 2014

What`s New – May 2014

New Articles
Yew stands on the cliffs of the river Seine in France by Wim Peeters
The Seine marks the northern border for the occurrence of churchyard yews in Normandy. The banks of the Seine, however, contains locations where natural yew stands can be found. 
Yews growing in churchyards in the Diocese of Canterbury is now complete. If you do not have time to visit all 42 sites, take a look at Buckland-in-Dover, where the 56 ton tree was moved more than a century ago, and visit some of the multiple tree sites like Ulcombe, Molash, Waldershare Park and Waltham.   
In Wales yews in the Diocese of St Davids has been completed with the addition of Cilrhedyn, Freystrop, Llandovery Llandigat, Llandre, Llandybie, Llanwrda and Taliaris. 
New sites
Brackley – Margaret Baines
Chaldon; Churchstanton – Tim Hills
Avington; Hen Wood; North Warnborough – Hugo Egleston
Beaulieu – G.S.
Broughton Down -Whiteshoot Hill – Peter Norton/Richard Newnham
Llangynderyn – Ros Jones
Forest of Dean - Wigpool Common - Jon Tainton
The following locations have been renamed: Blakeneyhill Wood North; Clearwell (Puzzle Wood); Clearwell (Stock Wood); Schowle (The Scowles) and Speech House. Each one is now preceded by Forest of Dean.
New photos/information
Cherkeley Court – Jenny Desoutter
Angersleigh; Westbourne – Tim Hills
Bettws Newydd; Llanfair Kilgeddin; Llanfeugan – Peter Norton
Claverton Manor – Sue Smith   
Llangernyw - P.Davies

May 2014

What`s New – April 2014

New Articles
Measuring Yews – A guide towards a consistent approach in the recording of old yews.  
Kingley Vale – Two years after his initial survey of 2012, Peter Norton returns to this great woodland and discovers more old yews. Locations, photographs and descriptions of these new trees are found under Yew Articles - Surveys of England’s Most Important Woodlands - Kingley Vale.
New sites
Dorstone,Upper Sydcombe – Barry Evershed
Otterston, nr Aberdour – Judy Dowling
The Macaulay Yew – Marquis of Lansdowne
Exeter Crematorium:  Mayfield, Horleigh Green:  Ruislip – Owen Johnson
Bow Hill: Pishill: Whitsbury, Long Steeple Lane – Peter Norton
Easthope (countryside) – Rob McBride and Andy Gordon
New photos/information
Overton-on-Dee – David Alderman
Ardingley: Faccombe/Linkenholt: Herstmonceaux: Ibstone: Lamberhurst – Peter Norton
Trelystan – Rob McBride
Shirwell – Tim Hills
Montcuit – Wim Peeters
Lost Yews
Close Walks, Midhurst - Peter Norton


April 2014

What`s New – March 2014

New Articles
In this article Peter Norton explores this "Jewel in the Crown of Cranbourne Chase" containing the Larmer Tree beneath which Courts Leet were held centuries ago. Is it possible that the large old yew was either the original Larmer Tree, or one planted to replace an even older one?
Queenwood, Tytherleigh – Peter Norton
J.C.Loudon (1783/1843) described "an avenue 414 yards long, consisting of 162 yew trees". I had searched in vain for evidence of these trees. Peter Norton does not give up so easily!
Both of the above articles are found on the webpage Yew Articles - Non-Churchyard Yews - Peter Norton Surveys of Non-Churchyard Yews
New photos
Broughton-in-Furness: Seathwaite: Sizergh (Holeslack Wood) -Tim Hills
Broadwell: Funtington: Hawling: Pauntley: Staunton – Peter Norton
New sites
St Andrews – Judy Dowling
Monketon – Cliff Hansford
Grasmere: Great Urswick: Townend – Tim Hills
Walderton Downs: Wildhams Wood – Peter Norton
Lost Yew
Egremont – Tim Hills
Colemore - Toby Hindson

March 2014

What`s New – February 2014

New Article
Lost Yews in the Diocese of Bath and Wells
This article is found on the Church of England webpage under the heading Diocesan Surveys – Tim Hills
Under the heading Church in Wales, new information has been added at the following sites:
Diocese of Monmouth
Llanfair Kilgeddin
Diocese of St Asaph
Llandderfel: Llanerfyl: Llanycil: Manafon: Pennant Melangell
Diocese of St Davids
Lampeter Velfrey: Llanfair Clydogau: Llanycrwys: Llanwrda: St Dogmaels: Ystrad Aeron
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon
Battle: Llanelly: Merthyr Cynog
New photos
Sullington – Peter Norton
Fulbrook – Peter Norton/Tim Hills
Chew Stoke – Peter and Kaye Forrest
Iffley (as seen in 1785) Lorton Vale (as seen in 1903) – Bob Burrows
Lynsted: Newnham – Cliff Hansford
New sites
Pont Dolgarrog
Bapchild: Kettle Hill: Kingsdown, Rectory Cottage: Tonge – Cliff Hansford
Lost Yew
Fairford – Peter Norton

February 2014

What`s New – January 2014

New Articles
Perter Norton’s surveys – Three new surveys are included. They are all found under Yew Articles – Non Churchyard Yew – Peter Norton Surveys
France Firs is a small Forestry Commission woodland growing on the south facing slope of France Down in Dorset.
Danebury Hill is an Iron Age hill fort on land maintained by Hampshire County Council. Three stands of yew are recorded.
Stoughton Down is a yew rich area close to Kingley Vale in West Sussex.  
Under the heading Church in Wales, new information has been added as follows:
Diocese of St Asaph
Gresford: Llandysilio: Llangyniew: Overton
Diocese of St Davids
Freystrop: Llangeitho: Myddfai: Strata Florida: Trefilan
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon
Llanbister: Llanddetty: Llandefaelog Fach: Llandeilo Graban: Llanyre: Merthyr Cynog: New Radnor: Talgarth
Diocese of Monmouth
Llanarth: Llanfoist: Llansoy: Llantilio Pertholey: Michaelston-y-Fedw: Panteg: Penrhos: Penyclawdd: Rudry: Tredunnock: Trostrey  
New photos
Crowhurst, Surrey: Tandridge - Peter Norton
Angerville l’Orcher – Christian Wolf
New sites
Penselwood - Peter Norton
Ayscoughfee Gardens – Robert Bates

January 2014