The Ancient Yew Group (AYG) was formed in 2003 to monitor, protect and collect scientific data on old yews; Taxus baccata L. It is sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and The Tree Register. The AYG website includes many field reports and papers on yews, both wild and ‘domestic’ as well as a comprehensive gazetteer of the UKs oldest specimens.
The Ancient Yew Group (AYG) website
Ancient Yew data gathering
Toby Hindson, a PGG member, is also one of the founders of the AYG and a voluntary scientist working on yew dating. Part of the constant search for yew knowledge is of course data gathering, and particularly valuable is the planting date of an old yew. Obviously yew data are only recorded in places where our researchers can go, and some PGG members have access to trees and estate records which the AYG cannot reach. Toby cordially invites PGG members to submit data (with the kind permission of landowners and employers) from living and felled yews that they are aware of.
Categories of particular interest:
- Yews which are above 4 metres in girth, or broken yews which might once have reached this girth.
- A yew of any size with a known planting date, together with its current girth.
- Complete ring counts (cambium to pith) from felled yews, stating minimum bole girth found between ground level and 1 metre from ground.
Ankerwyke Priory yew – girth measure records span over 2 centuries
Submit works on Taxus baccata L.
Academically minded PGG members are also more than welcome to submit works on Taxus baccata L. for inclusion on the AYG site, all work published enters the public domain and is copyrighted to the author.
We can be emailed through the AYG website: www.ancient-yew.org/. Please include ‘PGG’ in the email subject.