To celebrate the new millennium, thousands of yew trees were distributed around Britain to churches, parishes, schools, colleges, hospitals, community centres, ancient woodlands and public parks. They had been propagated from over thirty ancient yew trees over 2,000 years old.
Many Millennium Yews found a place in churchyards, often alongside some very ancient yews but the new arrivals were also planted the length and breadth of the country from Canisbay, the UK’s most northern parish, to the Isles of Scilly, where the yew was delivered by HRH The Prince of Wales. The incredibly long life of yews means that by the next millennium 1 in 20 of the Millennium Yews could still be alive.
Broadly conical, later domed head, the Yew is a slow growing (worth the wait) evergreen with fern-like leaves on horizontal branches. Bright red berries feed the birds and wildlife throughout the winter months and its deep thick habit provides a safe warm haven for lots of birds.