The Ancient Yew Tree of Hope Bagot churchyard

It is rare to meet a living organism this old. This yew tree is part of a larger stand of trees which appear to be over 1000 years old and could even be twice that age. The ancient yews were not cut out when the Clee Hills were heavily worked during the industrial revolution and this is probably associated with their great age but also their association with the holy well of Hope Bagot.

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The main trunk of the ancient yew in St John the Baptist graveyard, Hope Bagot, Shropshire.