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Fortingall Yew, Fortingall

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The Fortingall Yew is an ancient European yew (Taxus baccata) in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall in Perthshire, Scotland. It is known for being one of the oldest trees in Britain, with modern estimates of its age between 2,000 and 3,000 years.
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  • After watching David Haymans series on interesting places in Scotland we decided to visit some of these points of interest ourselves. We travelled from Aberdeen to Fortingall to Visit this location.....  more
    After watching David Haymans series on interesting places in Scotland we decided to visit some of these points of interest ourselves. We travelled from Aberdeen to Fortingall to Visit this location.....  more »
  • Had planned a short walk from the village then read about the Yew. Interesting signs explaining its long history. It has some thatched cottages which are unusual in Scotland. Can park between... 
    Had planned a short walk from the village then read about the Yew. Interesting signs explaining its long history. It has some thatched cottages which are unusual in Scotland. Can park between...  more »
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  • Take a step back in time - the Fortingall Yew is an ancient yew tree (in itself quite an achievement since yew trees have to be 800-900 years old before being classed as ‘ancient’). It is believed to be 5,000 years old: In 1769 the tree was already a celebrity with a recorded girth of 17m but sadly that led to treasure hunters who damaged the tree to such an extent that the central core was followed out. So much so that funeral processions led right through the heart of the tree and picnickers lit fires. It is a measure of the durability of yew trees that it survived all of this and now lives in a protective walled garden; a series of smaller trunks belying the giant it once was bit posts show the girth of the Fortingall Yew before man’s destruction took its toll. A human timeline is marked on pacing slabs as you approach the tree and it is sobering to ponder the changes in our history whilst this magnificent tree has remained constant. The church is always open for prayer, contemplation or a quiet pause for the curious. It has its own history and the surrounding churchyard is a site of a number of commonwealth war commission graves.
  • 5,000 y/o tree; possibly the oldest living thing on earth. Located in a beautiful gated cemetery next to a church, following a eched slate path; letting you stop, reflect on the ages that have passed.

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