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Yew - Taxus baccata

Yew trees can often be found in churchyards - this one is growing in the graveyard of St Mary Magdalene in Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire. This is because the tree is extremely poisonous, especially to cattle but needed to be cultivated as its wood was very valuable for making long bows. Yews grow to a great age and there are many specimens well over 1,000 years old.

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