The Graveyard Tree
Well Happy Halloween... This is a pumpkin free area!
This is a Yew from St James church. Yews are known as the Graveyard Tree as they are so often seen in church grounds - did someone plant them there for a reason?
Well it's actually the other way around, someone planted the church where the yew was growing. The yew was a sacred tree to our pagan ancestors so when we started to build somewhere to worship it made sense to build where we'd been praying for centuries.
Old Yew, which graspest at the stones
That name the under-lying dead,
Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.
The Fortingall Yew Tree in Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland is estimated as being between 3,000 and 5,000 years old. According to Alan Meredith, a man who has devoted his life to collecting information about Yews and campaigning on their behalf, the tree may be even older than this, possibly up to 9000 years.
Pretty amazing huh!
Anyway to the Tune...
It had to be Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds today - he was made for Halloween!