An Illustrated Talk by the renowned international author Fred Hageneder on August 23rd 2018

The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group invite you to an illustrated talk with a live harp musical interlude by the renowned tree researcher and international author Fred Hageneder entitled ‘Wonders of Yew’ on Thursday August 23rd at 7.oopm in the Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9UY.



THURSDAY, AUGUST 23rd 2018 at 7.00pm

The Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY

Entry is free and all are welcome


The event and talk description is provided in detail below:-

This is an event dedicated to the remarkable story of the oldest living things in Europe and their endangered future. The yew is one of the most versatile life forms on earth – botanically rich and intriguing.

The story of the yew has a rich cultural and historical background – it was the Tree of Life, the tree in the Garden of Eden and the original Christmas Tree. Yet, the British obsession with using yew for the medieval longbow led to the destruction of yew forests across continental Europe because the wood was superior.

Today, the mass destruction of yews overseas means that the UK is a Noah’s Ark for the conservation of ancient yews Worldwide. Eighty to eighty five per cent of these grow in British churchyards, where the Church is the guardian and custodian of this ancient heritage.


Fred Hageneder.

Fred Hageneder is a recognised authority on ethnobotany, and a founder member of the Ancient Yew Group. He has given presentations at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the National Museum of Wales, Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre, Wakehurst Place Millennium Seedbank Centre, the National Arboretum Westonbirt, and at various ecological conferences in Germany, Spain and Turkey.

His books include: The Spirit of Trees: Science, Symbiosis and Inspiration (Floris Books 2001), Yew A History (The History Press 2007), and Yew (Botanical Series Reoktion 2013).

This talk provides a fascinating insight into the rich cultural and spiritual history of the yew tree and will immediately follow a brief introduction by The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group as organisers of the event.

Fred has written various ethnobotanical books about the meaning of trees and their cultural and spiritual history which have been translated into ten languages and has given lectures around the world. He is a co-founder of the Ancient Yew Group working to enhance scientific and historical information about yew trees and their mythology. Come and hear his knowledge and expertise relating to this extraordinary species.

He spends a large amount of time working abroad and has to restrict the number of lectures he gives. This therefore, is a very rare opportunity to learn about our heritage from such a distinguished and internationally acclaimed expert and should not be missed.

We really look forward to seeing you there. Your support for our activities is highly valued. There is a car park opposite the building. We don’t charge a membership fee or event charge but are grateful for any contribution you are able to make to help us with our costs in a retiring collection bowl.

Please invite your friends and family. All are welcome.


Michael Nailard.     Chairman of The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group.