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What’s New – December 2015

New sites

Farlow Glebe;  Farlow-Glebe Farm Lane; Farlow-Hillhead Cottage; Loughton-Burwarton Lane; Loughton Lane Crossroads;  Silvington-High Lane; Wheathill; Wheathill Court – Paul Wood


New photos/information

Loughton churchyard – Paul Wood

December 2015

What’s New – November 2015

New sites

Canon Pyon; Middlehope – Upper House Farm; Middlehope – private;  Munslow Deans - Paul Wood

Burham – Ian Robert Brown

Efenechtyd; Llanllechid  – Reg Wheeler

New photos/information


Aberhafesp; Caerhun; Cemmaes; Llandrillo; Llanelltyd; Llangadwaladr; Llangar; Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant; Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch; Llanwnog; Machynlleth; Maentwrog - Reg Wheeler

Crowhurst, Sussex;  Etchingham; Northiam; Rotherfield; Wilmington – Peter Norton

Clun; Eardisland; Halford; Munslow; Sarnesfield – Paul Wood

Grimescar Wood – Tom Malfait

Llangower – Duncan Lorimer

Change of name
Birches Farm, Kingswood was previously called Kingswood,nr Kington


Lost Yews

Llangadfan; Llanllechid: Llansilin

November 2015

What’s New – October 2015

New sites
Aymestry;  Llanfair Waterdine;  Whitton-Shropshire – Paul Wood
Bolam Lake Country Park – Gillian Armstrong

New photos/information

Avening;  Bacton;  Breinton;  Cusop;  Kemble;  Langley Marish;  Munsley; Peterchurch;  Shipton Moyne;  Stockbridge-the Vine Inn yew – Peter Norton.

Llanbedr Ystradyw – Glyn Jones

Bettws-y-Crwyn;  Heyope – Paul Wood      



Langley Marish has now been correctly located in Berkshire. It was transferred from Buckinghamshire as long ago as 1974


La Haye de Routot

Three new items have been added to this webpage:

1 An article that appeared in The Connexion magazine in August 2015
2 A display of children’s work as they learn about the old yews in their churchyard
3 A single female branch is discovered on the male tree.


Male and female

I have just been alerted to the fact that a single female branch has been observed on the male Fortingall Yew, the tree that has for some time been accepted as the oldest yew in Britain. Although I have seen this phenomenon on only a handful of trees, I am beginning to wonder whether it might be more common than we realise, if only we were looking for it. A recent visit to Cheddar churchyard found not only a yew that was 90% male with a cluster of female branches, but the yew seen above that is 50% of each. If this was originally male and female trees planted next to each other the degree of coalescing into one tree is astonishing.


October 2015

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What’s New – September 2015


New sites
Significant new discoveries have been made this month, including ancient and veteran specimens.   
Hoe Cross - Hugh Milner/Peter Norton/Andrew Powling 
Stoke St Milborough - Three yews, possibly all veteran, growing by the side of the road opposite St Milburgha’s sacred well in Shropshire
Biddenfield – Hugh Milner/Peter Norton
Hopton Cangeford Lane;  Stowe-Birds Holding;  Titley-Balls Corner;  Tugford-Brookside - Paul Wood 
New photos/information
Cemmaes;  Clee St Margaret;  Elton;  Leinthall Earls;  Leinthall Starkes;  Llandeilo Graban;  Rhulen;  Shobdon; Tugford church – Paul Wood
Kentmere – Max Biden
Bucknell – as well as new photos of its two fine veterans, Paul Wood has discovered a third yew which has mysteriously gone unnoticed until now.
Lost Yews
East Hoe Manor 
Hopton Cangeford churchyard

September 2015

What’s New – August 2015

New sites

Hamilton Mausoleum; Hamilton-Netherton Motte – Chris Morrison
Balmerini graveyard – Delaney Leeson
Kington Rural Parish;  Kinnersley;  Mansel Lacy -  Paul Wood
Ipswich – Christchurch Park - Geoff Blowfield
Kingweston; West Lydford - Tim Hills
New photos/information
Bredwardine;  Llanbadarn-y-Garreg;  Llanbedr Paincastle;  Michaelchurch-on-Arrow; Newchurch - Paul Wood
Abbots Leigh;  Broadwindsor;  Dinder;  West Monkton - Peter Norton
An 1869 drawing of the yews at La Lande-Patry - Wim Peeters

August 2015

What’s New – July 2015

New sites
New yew discoveries this month include no fewer than 7 veterans (V).

Coldharbour (2 veteran yews) – Dr Peter Shaw
Cwmbach Llechryd;  Dorstone – Pandy Inn;  Evancoyd (V);  Huntington - Clifford’s Coppice;  Kington-private location;  Llanfihangel-Bryn-Pabuan (V);  Llansantffraed-in-Elwel (hedge);  Stapleton (V) – Paul Wood
Neuadd Hendidley – Mark Simcox
Coates – Peter Norton/Tim Hills
Ash Priors (V);  Keinton Mandeville (V);  Sutton Montis – Tim Hills
New photos/information
Aberedw;  Abergwesyn-Llanfihangel; Abergwesyn - Llanddewi; Alltmawr; Brampton Bryan;  Bredwardine;  Cregrina;  Disserth;  Eardisley;  Hergest Ridge, nr Gladestry;  Llanddewi Fach (Cwm);  Llanelltyd; Llanelwedd;  Llanfaredd;  Newchurch  – Paul Wood
Haselor;  Hatton; Michaelston-super-Ely;  Mynyddislwyn – Tim Hills
Binsted;  Elworthy;  Siccaridge Wood-Daneway  -  Peter Norton
Lost Yew
Weston Bampfylde – Tim Hills
Historic postcards
Pictures of old yews as they appeared on postcards have been sent to us by Christian Wolf. They have been added at Brockenhurst; Buxted, Harrietsham, Kingstone, Petham, Priors Dean. The yew at Buxted is shown in some detail in a fine drawing dated 1829.   
A message from Georg Josef Wilhelm
Yews have fascinated me from childhood on. In 2002, I planted about 100 yew seedlings from five different European provenances in our 95 acre family (ancient) woodland at Craincourt, Lorraine, France on Jurassic limestone overlaid by aeolian silt deposit. Accurately protected aganist browsing and fraying damage by roe deer, they are all thriving, the tallest reaching well over 2 m now. I report this to encourage the reintroduction of this species that had nearly disappeared because of human greed and bilndness. Please take care of exclusive propagation of Taxus baccata in Europe.

July 2015

What’s New – June 2015


Peter Norton has created several compilations from his vast collection of yew photographs taken over the last few years.
These are found on two webpages:
The Common Yew - found in our Woodland, Parks and Hedgerows is located in Yew Articles – Non-churchyard Yew: Peter Norton - Yew on YewTube
Churchyard Yew Compilations is located in Churchyard Yews – County Surveys: Peter Norton – YewTube compilations
New sites
Wickham – Tim Hills
Farley (Blackmoor Copse); Pitton – Peter Norton
Herefordshire (private location 3); Hope Bagot Lane;  Llanfihangel - helygen – Paul Wood
Andrew Morton's The Trees of Shropshire (1986) reported that "a line of yews following a footpath and track that leads to the church was recently felled". He also noted that "there are several large yews on the boundary of the lane leading down the hill towards Hope Bagot churchyard". The intrepid Paul Wood has been recording them.  
New photos/information
Colva  -  Tim Hills
Llanafan-fawr, Llanyre - Paul Wood

June 2015

What’s New – May 2015

New sites

Chirbury;  Dilwyn – Tim Hills
Kingswood, nr Kington – Paul Wood
Coed Wen – Jon Tainton
Stockbridge, near new cemetery – Peter Norton
New photos/information
Chew Stoke; Churchstoke; Easthope; Habberley churchyard; Trelystan; Winterborne Whitechurch  – Tim Hills
Dorstone;  Letton – Paul Wood
Bourneville – Janice Gregory
Stockbridge, the Milson roundabout yew – Peter Norton
La Haye de Routot
A new webpage was created last month to highlight this tree. The article now appears in English and French. Our thanks to Alain Joubert for providing this translation.

May 2015

What’s New – April 2015

Church of England

An important new webpage has been created, called North of England Surveys.
On 22nd February 1995 Graham Wilkinson began to gather information about yew tree populations in the north of England. His interest was sparked by Chetan and Brueton’s 1994 book The Sacred Yew. He was ‘puzzled by the complete lack of listed trees in Northumbria and Durham’ and the fact that only one site was mentioned in Yorkshire. In the following years Graham was to put the record straight, visiting about 900 sites, mainly churchyard, and systematically recording all the yews he found. 
This is a major contribution towards our knowledge of yews in a part of England for which there has until now been little information. It is unfortunate that Graham will never know the important contribution he has made towards the knowledge of yews. After his death the work he had carried out remained locked in his computer, until discovered by a close friend, who realised its potential significance and gave it to the Ancient Yew Group. 

La Haye de Routot
The Ancient Yew Group has a record of 26 ancient yews in the churchyards of northern France. Two of these grow side by side in the churchyard at La Haye de Routot. When one of these was deliberately poisoned it galvanised into action a group that calls themselves Les Amis des ifs - Friends of the yew. The Ancient Yew Group supports them in their raising of public awareness and have created a new webpage found under Yew Articles - The Yew in Europe - La Haye de Routot.

New sites

Plumbland, Torver – Graham Wilkinson
Ranscombe Farm Reserve – Cliff Hansford
Hughenden – tree with a known planting date – David Alderman
Co Derry – private location – Deaglan O Doibhlin
Affpuddle; Gillingham; Itchen Wood; Loders; Milborne St Andrews; Winterborne Whitechurch – Peter Norton
New photos/information
Neidpath Castle, Tonge – Owen Johnson
Preston Patrick, Thornton Steward, Watermillock – Graham Wilkinson
La Haye de Routot – Janice Gregory
Arborfield; Kenn;  Northington – Old church site; Studland; West Stour – Peter Norton
Lost yew
Bridekirk – Graham Wilkinson
Blelham Tarn – Tim Hills
The List of Yew Sites entry for Netley Heath has been removed. It was found to be a duplication of the tree already recorded as Effingham - Mountain Wood.

April 2015

What’s New – March 2015

New sites

Chickward;  Empton Farm;  Gladestry-Yew Tree Bank;  Whiterails Wood, Sarnesfield - Paul Wood

Brilley;  Byford;  Coychurch (Llangrallo);  Cwmmau Farmhouse;  Halkyn cemetery;  Little Langdale;  Llanblethian;  Nant-ddu;  Winforton - Tim Hills                             

Alton Pancras;  Mappowder;  Micheldever;  Minterne Magna - Peter Norton

Yew Tree Inn, Lower Wield – Peter Norton and Russell Cleaver


New photos/information
Culm Davey;  Discoed;  Lingmoor Fell-Little Langdale:  Llangwstenin;  Llanpumpsant;   Lytchett Minster - Tim Hills
Buxted;  Chailey;  Damerham Knoll;  East Chiltington;  Luppitt;  Offwell;  Silverton;  Standlynch Church;  Stoke Gabriel;  West Grimstead;  Westmeston - Peter Norton
Bryngwyn -Mandy Thomas
New Radnor;  Newchurch;  Old Radnor – Paul Wood
Borley – Kevin Hastings-Smith

Church of England
The 21 sites containing ancient and veteran yews in the Diocese of Salisbury is now complete.

Lost Yew
Ednol - Tim Hills

March 2015

What’s New – February 2015

Church of England
Information about the ancient and veteran yews in the following dioceses is now available on the Church of England webpage:
New sites
Nine Horse Wood – Cliff Hansford
Cranborne/Damerham area - Bockerley Ditch – Peter Norton
New photos
Cranborne/Damerham area - Blagdon Hill;  Hambledon, Hampshire; Northington, Lawn Copse – Peter Norton
Cascob; Gladestry; Offa's Dyke, nr Maes Treylow; Whitton – Paul Wood Cobley Wood; Hunton Lane, Hampshire - Hugo Egleston

February 2015

What's New January 2015


New coopted member
We are pleased to welcome Xavier Garcia Marti as a coopted member of the Ancient Yew Group. Xavier is a freelance professional conservation scientist based in Valencia, Spain. He is one of the foremost experts on yew conservation in Europe and the author on many academic papers on the yew. 

Difficulty accessing some webpages
Visitors to the Church of England webpage have recently experienced difficulties accessing some of the pages when using Google Chrome. It is hoped that dividing the Diocesan Surveys into two parts has solved the problem.

List of the oldest yews in English churchyards
The list of the Ancient and Veteran Yews in English churchyards has been updated and is available on the Church of England webpage - Diocesan Surveys part 1 - List of Yews.

Peter Norton, assisted by Hugo Egleston, has carried out a comprehensive  survey on an avenue of old yew trees, one of only a few still to be found in England. The avenue was recorded by John Lowe for his Yew Trees of Great Britain and Ireland, published in 1897: “There is also an avenue of yews at Candover, near Alresford, extending for nearly half a mile…the trees are planted along the road…about 50 on either side…they vary from 8 to 12 feet in girth, the latter having much young spray around the trunk. There is no record of the date when they were planted”. The article is found in Peter Norton's Surveys of Non-Churchyard Yews and shows how the trees have fared during the last century.   

New sites
Borley - Caroline Manion
Popham Beacons;  Roundwood - Hugo Egleston
Llanpumsaint - Paolo Bavaresco
Barrington;  Langton Long;  Tarrant Keyneston - Peter Norton


New photos/information
Dunkerton;  East Woodlands;  North Stoke; Thorley: West Pennard; Wormleybury – Tim Hills
Cameley;  Compton Martin;  Drayton;  East Tytherley;  Norton Malreward;  Shepton Beauchamp;  Stowey;  Tarrant Crawford Abbey – Peter Norton
Forgan - Judy Dowling


January 2015