North Wales leading Eco adventure Park, GreenWood Forest Park is playing its part in Climate Week this year by supplying local churchyards with Yew Trees.
Yew Trees were traditionally planted in churchyards for a variety of reasons. Some believe that they provided shade, others that the wood was used to make bows, then the bowmen would practise shooting in the church yards. Some believed that it was to keep cattle away as the berries were poisonous. The branches of yew trees were often used instead of palm fronds on Palm Sunday. Whatever the reason, yew planting continued over many centuries, with the oldest Yew Tree in Wales being found in Llangernyw, near Abergele. It is believed to be between 4000-5000 years old.
GreenWood’s managing director Stephen Bristow is hoping to see this tradition re-established: “Although many churchyards contain old yew trees, they are gradually disappearing and the tradition of planting them seems to have gone also. We are always keen to promote tree planting and we would love to see this tradition re-established, as these old churchyard trees are part of Welsh life and culture, and the tradition probably goes back to early Celtic times”.
GreenWood will be purchasing 30 Yew Trees, and invites local Churches to get in touch if they are interested in planting one. For more information call 01248 671493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Week runs from 4th -10th March 2013. GreenWood will also be holding a swapping event for Climate Week where visitors are encouraged to bring in items that they do not want / need to swap with others, for example; toys/books/children’s clothes. This event will be held on Wednesday 6th March from 10am-2:30pm. More information on this event can be found on the website at www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk.