Fortingall Yew, Perthshire

Fortingall Yew, Perthshire, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Fortingall Yew, Perthshire, Central Scotland. This ancient tree is reputed to be age between 2000 and 5000 years and may be the oldest living thing in Europe. 

Fortingall Yew, Perthshire

Fortingall Yew, Perthshire, Scotland

The tree is located in the churchyard of Fortingall which itself is an ancient Christian site dating back to around AD 600. Fortingall is close to Kenmore and Aberfeldy, whilst to the west lies Glen Lyon. The village is quaint and features some Arts & Crafts era houses with thatched roofs.

The Fortingall Yew, whilst still large is smaller than its original girth of 16 metres measured in 1769. Shrinkage is attributed to removal of wood for drinking cups and souvenirs because of the tree’s association with eternity.  Wood removal was on such a scale that an arch formed which was large enough for funeral processions to pass through.  However, the tree is now fenced off and protected,

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