Britain's yew heritage documented in online map

The Conservation Foundation has produced an online map featuring almost 1,000 ancient, venerable and notable yews around the UK as part of its Heritage Lottery Fund-supported We Love Yew campaign.

The Tandridge Yew, Surrey - image: Diana Patient
The Tandridge Yew, Surrey - image: Diana Patient

Yews are often the oldest living things in the landscape, and Britain is unusually well stocked with ancient specimens, particularly in churchyards, the foundation points out.

Produced with the help of the Ancient Yew Group, the map classifies trees as either "veteran" (between 500 and 800 years old) or "ancient" (over 800).

Around a quarter of the listed trees are in Wales, with just 12 in Scotland and none at all in East Anglia.

The group would like to hear of any yews which should be recorded but are not listed on the map, via its website.

The Conservation Foundation has been encouraging greater awareness of the long heritage of yew trees since 1987.

A limited number of yews propagated from ancient specimens are available from the foundation as part of its campaign to grow on the next generation of Britain's ancient yew heritage. For details contact

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