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The oldest trees in Britain might be the oldest in the world.

June 8, 2020 11:52 am

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In Britain we have two ancient Yew trees. These are the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire and the Llangernyw Yew in Wales. Yews are gymnosperms which means that they have been around a lot longer than their angiosperm cousins like Oaks, Apple and Ash. Both of these veterans live in churchyards. The Yew is popular in Christian circles as it is said that this was the tree that Joseph of Arimathea is said to have planted when he came over from Jerusalem following Jesus’s death.

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The Fortingall Yew is thought to be anywhere between two to three thousand years old. These are only estimates as the heartwood of the tree is long gone and this is needed to estimate the rings for the age. Therefore it cannot claim to be the oldest as Italus in North Italy still has its heart wood and it is one thousand two hundred years old. Either way all trees need care and the attention of a Dorset Tree Surgeon like https://kieranboylandtreeservices.com/ is vitally important to their continued health.

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Llangernyw is reckoned to be older, challenging the likes of the clonal tree Old Tjikko at nine thousand (which is not reckoned the oldest as it is a clonal tree and not the original). Llangernyw is said to have magically powers, every year at Halloween it says the names, in a booming voice, of the parishioners who are going to die in the coming year.

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