Fortingall Yew Tree

Fortingall Yew Tree (HM1MJ8)

Location: Fortingall PH15 2LL Perth and Kinross
Country: United Kingdom
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N 56° 35.894', W 4° 3.057'

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The Fortingall Yew
Rooted in History

Before you stands Europe's- and possibly even the world's - oldest living thing. Under the dark veil of needles are two relic trunks of a huge, ancient yew tree. Scholars believe the roots of this great survivor coil back some 5000 years.

The markers show you the size of the original evergreen giant in 1769 when it had a girth of over 56 feet (17m). Sadly, it attracted souvenir hunters who removed large sections. Children then lit fires inside the hollow trunk and funeral processions passed through its midst. Eventually, this wall had to be built to stop the tree disappearing altogether.

From Here
to Eternity

Before the arrival of Christianity, the yew was
known as the "tree of eternity,' and it's easy to see
why. At about 500 years old- long after most
other trees have died - the yew starts to grow
again. This 'otherworldly' power meant early
peoples revered the yew, and the tree marked
their places of worship. Little wonder then that
when early Christians came to Fortingall in the
7th century they decided to build their new
church next to the ancient yew.
HM NumberHM1MJ8
Placed ByBig Tree Country Perthshire
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30V E 435472 N 6273158
Decimal Degrees56.59823333, -4.05095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 56° 35.894', W 4° 3.057'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds56° 35' 53.64" N, 4° 3' 3.42" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Kirkton Cottages, Fortingall PH15 2LL, GB
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