Cathedral Yew, Ormiston

Cathedral Yew, Ormiston, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on an unusual and ancient arboreal structure in S.E. Scotland, namely the ‘Cathedral’ or ‘Ormiston’ yew which is located near the village of Ormiston.

The feature comprises at least two layering yews  ( taxus baccata) which may date back about one thousand years. Here the branches have formed an extensive chamber of arching limbs.

Cathedral Yew, Ormiston

Cathedral Yew, Ormiston, Scotland

It is reputed that the Protestant Reformer, John Knox ( 1514-1572) preached here. There are other records which suggest the yew already existed as a prominent landmark in the 15th century.

Cathedral Yew, Ormiston

Cathedral Yew, Ormiston, Scotland

This unique living structure is deserving of a visit. However, locating the tree is difficult because there is no signage and access is via a private, unsealed road.

To be compared with the Fortingall Yew  in central Scotland.

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