This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We think of the giant Sequoias of California, and their great age, with wonder; but the ages of English trees compare with them. There is a Yew tree at Brabourne, in Kent, which was perhaps a young seedling when the Queen of Sheba paid a visit to Solomon, and was 1,200 years old when Caesar landed on Britain's shore. There are numbers of Yew trees in England which are undoubtedly much over 1,000 years old. In days when the arrow furnished the chief wooden walls of old England, the Yew furnished the bow-wood.