The expert view
Surviving for up to 3,000 years, yews have witnessed some monumental moments in our history, and provide shelter for many nesting birds. They now have better protection from development, under the national planning policy. But if we don’t know where these ancient trees are, we can’t save them from destruction – we still need more people to join the hunt and add their local ancient trees to our Ancient Tree Inventory. Kylie Harrison Mellor is a citizen science officer for the Woodland Trust.