Renovation Underway!

The renovation of the Yew Trees is underway.  Do go and have a look and bring your friends.  The whole job will take about another six weeks. At some point the Forestry Commission will be cutting back the trees behind the Yews.  This will allow more light to reach them, which will allow them to grow more evenly

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Dog Owners

Yew Tree Avenue is ideal for dog walkers.  However, excessive fouling of the avenue by dogs is unnecessary and is a health hazard.  Toxicara Canis can harm young children.  If the grass is contaminated with dog poo the hey is unsuitable for cattle feed.

July Litter Pick

Able volunteers from Castle Bytham participated in the litter-pick on the 23rd July in glorious sunshine. Their efforts will add to your enjoyment of the magnificent Yew Tree Avenue.

A gentle reminder to dog owners – there are bins for dog poo bags by the gate to the entrance to the car park.  Please use them.

Pot holes filled

We had a wonderful morning today when 14 fantastic people came and filled the potholes in the car park with 5 tonnes of road planings that were donated to us. Thanks to Shirley Hope, Rachael and John Dawson,
Colin Ashpole, Brian Spiers, Patrick Candler, Sarah and Will Clarke, Kevin Holliday, Michael Airey, Cliff Bacon, Mary Johnson and Adrian Smith. Special thanks to Mary for the coffee and mince pies….Sue Thomas

Yew Tree Avenue in Clipsham to be restored to former glory

The Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue Trust (CYTAT), a newly registered charity, has recently signed a 20 year agreement with the Forestry Commission to take over the management of the famous Yew Tree Avenue in Clipsham.

The 150 yews, which formed the original carriage driveway to Clipsham Hall, are more than 200 years old. Many of these trees depicted a famous person or event – and is quite unique in the UK.

However, during recent years, the Forestry Commission has been unable to look after the trees to the standards that they would have liked, so sadly the topiaries have become overgrown and the patterns lost. Now all this will change since the new Charitable Trust has been formed by local people who are determined to restore the avenue to its former glory.

‘There is much to do now that we have signed the new agreement with the Forestry Commission’ said Dr. Patrick Candler, Chair of CYTAT. ‘We have already made a start on cutting the grass rides, but next we need to examine the health of the trees and then get them trimmed. After that there will be plans to look at how best to get the famous topiary shapes back – though this may take several years’.

The new Trust will be holding various events on the Avenue with a view to encouraging people to come and visit. And, of course, there will need to be fund raising to pay for all this. It is estimated that £20,000 per year will keep the trees and grass rides in good health and shape, thus restoring the Avenue to the magical place it once was.

The Yew Trees in 2010

The Yew Trees in 2016