There is a rich history to the yew tree, not only in the most literal of senses, but from a cultural and mythological sense as well. In fact, there are many books on the yew tree, of which some can be found here, here, and here. This array of literature, absolutely informative and full of interesting facts on the yew, at the rawest of levels shows how highly-regarded the yew tree is in culture.
Because we are likely all aware of the fact that the yew tree can be found situated close to churchyards (or graveyards), and as I said I was at a cemetery earlier and had a few other interesting bits to share with you, it’s hardly a surprise when I say that I found a very old yew tree in the church grounds. This yew, shown below, is easily hundreds of years old, if not at least 1,000 (the church has been there since the 14th century, and many yew trees pre-date churches).
Without further hesitation, it is my pleasure to share these images with you. I do however stress that, in the flesh, this yew is far more captivating – a photo does not do this yew justice.