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Information on Yew Trees

Yew trees have and always will be very important to many cultures new and old.

The druids saw the yew as a symbol of immortality, and also as a means of gaining entry into the spirt world, and marked the places and ancient groves where many pagans worshiped, thus when Christianity came and converted pagan people they in turn built their places of worship beside the yew to make the new belief more attractive, this is why yew trees can still be found in many old grave yards to this day. Yew trees have the reputations for living longer than any other tree species in Ireland or the uk.

The English armies of old made their famous longbow out of the wood because of its amazing strength and flexibility. The leaves and seeds on the tree are very poisonous to livestock but harmless to humans, infact, an important anti cancer drug is produced from its hedge clippings.

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