Renowned for their longevity (one in Sheffield is over 2000 years old), yew trees are found in many church yards.
Because of their great age, yews were associated with pre-Christian burial grounds.
Recent research shows that Bronze Age round barrows were encircled with yews.
In symbolic terms, yews do not only represent death, but also resurrection. Their evergreen foliage was highly valued, and used for religious and secular festivals.
Even today, yews are still being planted in church yards, and serve as a reminder of an earlier, pagan age.
- Find a list of ancient yew trees in churchyards to visit: ExploreChurches
- Read more about Ancient Churchyard yews: see page 5 of our 2018-2019 Annual Review
- Watch the Ancient Yew Groups' video on managing yew trees: here
(text and images courtesy of Heritage Inspired)