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Britain’s oldest tree

Posted on by royvickery |

2014-07-09 09.50.33According to the Evening Standard of 8 July 2014, a yew (Taxus baccata) growing in St Cynog’s churchyard, Defynnog, Powys, could be Britain’s oldest tree.   Experts who used ‘DNA tests and analysis of growth rings’ suggest that the tree ‘may be up to 5,000 years old’.

Image:  immature yew tree, Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth; July 2014.

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