In pictures: Six of Britain’s oldest trees | Environment

This picture included a reference to Wordsworth’s 1803 poem Yew Trees. In fact, the poem’s date is disputed


The Borrowdale yew, Cumbria
But worthier still of note/ Are those Fraternal Four of Borrowdale,/ Joined in one solemn and capacious grove;/ Huge trunks! and each particular trunk a growth/ Of intertwisted fibres serpentine So wrote Wordsworth in his 1803 poem, Yew Trees. One of the quartet fell victim to a storm in 1883 but three still survive in the magical valley of Borrowdale in Cumbria. This yew (
Yaxus baccata) can fit four people inside a hollow in its trunk. Another yew singled out by Wordsworth also survived storm damage and still stands in the village of Lorton, Cumbria. It was one of many under which John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached