Ancient witness across the ages

Standing guard throughout the centuries - here’s the ancient yew tree at Church Preen.

Ancient witness across the ages

This Shropshire giant measures around 23ft in circumference and it’s said that 21 people once squeezed inside its hollow trunk. 

The tree is at least 1,500 years old and stands in the churchyard of St John the Baptist. 

An iron band was placed around the trunk more than a century ago to strengthen it and make it more stable.

I visited this peaceful spot near Wenlock Edge on a glorious day of sunshine and birdsong, and made the most of a view that has remained unchanged for generations.

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