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Britain's oldest tree

The Ashbritle village is home to Britain’s oldest living tree. Believed to be planted during 2,000 BC; the Ashbritle Yew is in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist. The tree has seven trunks; one hollow central trunk and six trunks surrounding it. Yew trees are considered to have a significant place in Christianity. People worship it as a symbol of renewal and resurrection. Even though Yews are poisonous, they also produce an anti-cancer drug. If myths are to be believed, a pre-roman Chief is said to be buried under the mound beneath the 40 feet canopy. Unfortunately, with time the Ashbritle yew has fallen sick.

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