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What's New - April 2019

Yews in the churchyards of Somerset

The Bath and Wells diocese webpage now contains information from 12 sites where the oldest yew is classified as Ancient (likely age 800+), 47 sites where the oldest yew is Veteran (likely age of 500+) and 30 where a yew is classified as Veteran because of its condition. This month 62 more churchyards have been added where the oldest yew is classified as Notable, either because it has a likely age of 300+, or because it has a known planting date.

There are a further 300 churchyards where younger yews are found and photos and information from these should be available during the summer. 

New sites

Bursledon – The Jolly Sailor – Bob Burrows

New photos/information

Maddington – Peter Norton

April 2019

What's New - March 2019

New sites

Ash Thomas; Chilcompton – field; Launceston; Oswestry – The Hayes; Oswestry – Welsh Walls – Tim Hills
East Stratton; Ellisfield – Bushy Warren Lane; Elvetham Hall; Little Somborne – Whitehall Lane – Hugo Egleston
Exeter – Northernhay Gardens; Stoke Climsland – Ancient Tree Initiative
Bridgend – Bob Burrows

New photos/information

Hedgerley – Luke Steer
Herne – Sandra Williams
Oswestry – Tim Hills
Iffley; Maddington – Peter Norton

March 2019

What’s New – February 2019

Between October 2012 and November 2016 I visited 562 churchyard sites in Somerset to record all the common/European yews, regardless of size or age. Finding time to write this up has not been easy but the process has begun. Since most of these churchyards are in the diocese of Bath and Wells, the first published information is found on the Church of England webpage under Diocesan Surveys part 1 - Bath and Wells.

This webpage lists 71 locations where ancient or veteran yews are found, but the information pages now include details of the younger yews that also grow there. There are 11 sites with an ancient yew (likely age 800+), 47 with a veteran yew (likely age 500+) and a further 12 sites with a veteran yew that is classified as such because of its condition, rather than its likely age.

February 2019

What’s New – January 2019

New sites

Llanerch Elsi – Keith Jones
Llanmihangel – Tim Hills/Anne Thomas/Sian Evans
Market Harborough – Peter Berry
Penryn – Ancient Tree Inventory

New photos/information

Billingsley; Papplewick; Sidbury – Isobel Turner
Chirbury; Llantilio Pertholey – Paul Wood
Colwinston – Tim Hills
Llywel – Luke Steer

January 2019