‘Before you stands Europe’s- possibly even the worlds- oldest living thing. Under the dark veil of needles are two relic trunks of a huge, ancient yew. Scholars believe the roots of this great survivor coil back some 5000 years.’
Sadly the Fortingall yew attracted Victorian souvenir hunters who perniciously removed sections of the tree, presumably for inclusion in their curiosity cabinets. For this reason the tree is now much reduced in size compared to its original girth.
Children then lit fires inside the tree and funeral processions passed through it. Eventually a protective wall was built around it to stop it disappearing all together.