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Kingley Vale has one of Europe's most impressive yew forests. The forest contains yews as much as 2,000 years old, which are some of the oldest living organisms in Great Britain. Their survival is remarkable because most ancient yew trees across Europe were felled after the 14th century, being the preferred material for the staves of English longbows.

In 1472, with the increasing popularity of the longbow, the English government enacted a "yew tax" of four "bowestaffs" for every cask of wine unloaded at an English harbour. This sparked a rush for ancient yew trees across Europe, decimating the forests. Kingley Vale is one of the few major stands remaining; most yews elsewhere are solitary trees or small stands

YEW ASKED FOR IT

 

 

 

Kingley Vale has one of Europe's most impressive yew forests. The forest contains yews as much as 2,000 years old, which are some of the oldest living organisms in Great Britain. Their survival is remarkable because most ancient yew trees across Europe were felled after the 14th century, being the preferred material for the staves of English longbows.

In 1472, with the increasing popularity of the longbow, the English government enacted a "yew tax" of four "bowestaffs" for every cask of wine unloaded at an English harbour. This sparked a rush for ancient yew trees across Europe, decimating the forests. Kingley Vale is one of the few major stands remaining; most yews elsewhere are solitary trees or small stands

comments (18)

magnificent tree Chris... i am glad that you put that lovely lady into the image to give scale to the tree... i am glad that these are still standing....petersmile
Chris: They are very old Peter
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 21 Jul 2017, 02:53
She's characterful, and substantial, Chris!
Chris: Cor you bet!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jul 2017, 04:50
That is quite the story and quite the tree. I am glad you found this young lady to give scale to this tree.
Chris: I told her if she stuck by me I could make her a celeb Astrid
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Jul 2017, 05:34
Magnifique arbre, ce tronc est énorme.
Chris: Probably thousands of years old!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Jul 2017, 05:36
Is she holding the tree up Tiff.
Chris: I don't think so Chad..
That one tree would make a gazillion bowstaffs, Chris. WOW. Is there a reason why this particular place was not "raped" for its wood back in the day?
Chris: It's just another small miracle Ginnie
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jul 2017, 06:43
Oh, I remember to have read an article about the spiritual power of the yew by Lady K. , she did embrace this old tree.
Chris: We were both very impressed by this place Philine
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jul 2017, 07:33
Fascinating information and a good photo taken by another very old living organism. Your model helps give this scale.
Chris: Yes she does

I think I am merely fairly old, a stripling..
What an interesting potted history
Chris: Anything to oblige
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 21 Jul 2017, 08:53
Did the yew mind being touched, Chris?
Chris: Permission, as always, was asked Lisl
This fine tree looks very old Chris.
Chris: Yes it is Brian
interesting history about this tree, Chris. i like the human element you added in your picture.
Chris: Thank you Ayush
This would be an extra special place to visit. A big wow from me.
Chris: I have dowsed this tree's energy, there is lots
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jul 2017, 16:06
What history it has seen this wonderful old tree.
Chris: Quite so Anne, centuries if not millennia of people and activities
Yew all will like these trees...
Chris: They have magical properties Larry
I've got a couple of trimmed yews in the front garden - one losing some of its side branches, but looking ok otherwise, don't know when they were planted, but probably getting of for 150 years ago.
Chris: They can live for centuries Tom
What an amazing tree - especially given the history!
Chris: They are very special life forms Ellie
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Jul 2017, 22:34
Always a wonder that such a forest could survive, given the circumstances. Maybe people in this are preferred the AK-47 to the longbow.
Chris: Err..yes Louis, maybe they did

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