This Yew – Taxus Baccata – was felled a couple of years ago by the foresters at Ashridge, a National Trust estate near my home in Hertfordshire. The tree was planted over 200 years ago and was intended to be part of a hedge but was a little neglected, in a good way, and became a wonderful old tree. After a couple of centuries of unruly freedom the tree has been cut right back and might just become the hedge it was always intended to be.
This particular shape accommodates a small plant pot like the one pictured (70mm high, 80mm diameter) and would benefit from housing a plant that doesn’t need soaking, in the picture is a Rainbow Bush succulent which I either drizzle with water occasionally or remove and soak every other week or so. The pot could also be used for dry flowers, fresh pickings or anything else you might think of.
This pot had a little foot for a while, I couldn’t decide whether it looked interesting or bizarre. Bizarre can be interesting I pondered. Then I chopped it off. Hence the name “Afoot”.
‘Some of the living Yews in Britain are older than Stonehenge, older than the Pyramids – a thought that takes a moment or two to grasp’
Fiona Stafford – The Long Long Life of Trees
Yews are such an interesting tree – they dwell in churchyards, often long before the Church was there but no one really can agree why. Parts of the tree are toxic and other parts are used for medicines and of course, the Yew longbows played a huge role in the hundred year wars between Britain and France.
For more info about Yews and tree identification and interest see my blog – Tree School.
If this product is sold out but you particularly love the shape then get in touch, although the ancient Yew is unique I might be able to find something similar and produce you a new unique piece based on this one.