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  Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, Open Garden, 10-5, café serving refreshments and light lunches. Admission £3.50, under 16 and Friends of Springhead free. Dogs on leads welcome and assisted … Read more


Springhead is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant under the LEADER funding body. Upon the death of Rosalind Richards – daughter of Rolf Gardiner and life … Read more

THE REMARKABLE YEW TREE- A Talk by Fred Hageneder

Thursday 6 September, 7.30pm, Fred Hageneder talking on the remarkable yew tree. £8 to include a glass of wine or other drink. Please contact the Springhead office to book on 01747 811853 or info@springheadtrust.org.uk. Alternatively bookings can be made at www.ticketsource.co.uk.Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.


Fred Hageneder is an author, musician, artist and acknowledged authority on the cultural history of the yew tree.  He has written a number of books on trees including Yew-A History in which he wrote that ‘the yew is one of the most fascinating and versatile life forms on Earth, botanically rich and intriguing, and culturally almost without comparison. In history, mythology, religion, folklore, medicine and warfare, this tree bears timeless witness to a deep relationship with mankind’. He is also one of the founder members of the Ancient Yew Group which aims to document and protect the ancient yew trees of Britain.

Britain is particularly rich in ancient yew trees – an estimated 90% of all the ancient yew trees in Europe are to be found in our green and pleasant land.  They are also our oldest living things in and even in Dorset we have a number of ancient yews including the magnificent churchyard trees at Woolland and Tisbury which may be over 2000 years old.  The talk will be a fascinating summary of the importance of the yew tree to people both historically and today – from sacred trees in pre-roman times to the use of extracts in the treatment cancer.