AN ANCIENT Herefordshire Yew tree has been included in a very special list, ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The tree in the churchyard of St Bartholomew's Church in Much Marcle, between Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury, is one of 70 ancient trees across the country that have been dedicated to Her Majesty for the June celebrations.

It is the only tree in Herefordshire to be included in the list, called the Queen's green canopy. The yew has a huge hollow, within which is two benches.


In the past, parish notices were often nailed inside the tree, serving as a community notice board.

Revd Val Tait, rector of the cider churches benefice, said: "We are honoured to see our lovely yew included in this list of ancient trees.

The tree receives many visitors through all seasons of the year. As well as those who come specifically to seek it out for its history and importance as an ancient tree.

It is especially popular for wedding couples to have a photograph seated together within its hollow, after their marriage in the Church and Walkers and cyclists find it a peaceful place for a rest with their refreshments."