Dartington Ancient Yew Tree

Behind the remaining tower of St Mary’s Church at the centre of the Dartington Estate stands a great Yew Tree. This ancient Yew is at least 1500 years old and perhaps marks an ancient sacred site. She (she is a female tree as yews can be male or female and can even, very rarely, change […]

Behind the remaining tower of St Mary’s Church at the centre of the Dartington Estate stands a great Yew Tree. This ancient Yew is at least 1500 years old and perhaps marks an ancient sacred site. She (she is a female tree as yews can be male or female and can even, very rarely, change gender) has stood within the current Christian graveyard alongside the original St. Mary’s church since the thirteenth century.