‘Britain’s oldest tree’ is discovered in a Welsh churchyard and it’s more than FIVE THOUSAND years old
A tiny village is believed to be home to Britain’s oldest tree – a yew that first took took root more than 5,000 years ago.
The majestic yew that lives in in a Welsh churchyard was 3,000 years old when Jesus Christ was born, according to tree ageing experts.
Experts have run tests on the tree in the St Cynog’s churchyard at Defynnog near Sennybridge, Powys, including DNA and ring-dating.
There are hundreds of ancient yew trees dating back at least 600 years across Britain, but the 60-foot-wide giant at St Cynog’s is believed to be the most ancient.
Tree ageing expert Janis Fry, 64, who has studied yews for more than 40 years, said: ‘I’m convinced this is the oldest tree in Europe
‘It was planted on the north side of the ancient burial mound which is now the churchyard, probably in honour of a neolithic chieftain.