The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting an ancient and veteran yew tree campaign being launched in early May this year. Ancient yews are estimated to be at least 1000 years old and veteran yews are between 500 and 1000 years. The campaign will be managed by The Conservation Foundation in association with the Church of England - 217 of the country’s 272 ancient yews are in churchyards.
The campaign will include the distribution of young yews to communities and churches to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The young yews have been propagated from veteran and ancient yews that were growing at the time of Magna Carta. It is thought the ancient yew at Ankerwycke, near Runnymede was where King John, his Barons and the Bishops gathered to witness Magna Carta.
There will also be small grants available to support local community and school projects to do historical research around their ancient or veteran yew. Funding is also available for maintenance work on ancient and veteran yews, along with guidance on their management.
A list of ancient and veteran trees listed by Diocese can be found on the Ancient Yew Group website: http://www.ancient-yew.org/.
Further information will be available on the Yew Campaign website when the project is launched in early May
If you would like to know when the campaign is launched, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Yew Campaign in the subject line and including your contact details..