Oldest trees


Matthew Long

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I"ve been doing a little research for possible future features in WPP, and came across the amazing subject of oldest trees. Now from I can gather there are some very old clonal trees, ie where the roots stay but the trunks may come and go, that could be tens of thousands of years old. In the world of non-clonal trees, where the trunk stays more or less the same, then would you believe Wales has the third oldest tree in the world, at least accoring to Wikipedia. The Llangernyw Yew is said to be between 4 and 5,000 years old. It took root in the Bronze age and is still going strong... and no, you can"t go and make a lovely set of drawers from it!

Mind, some days I feel about that age!

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