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The famous Fortingall Yew Tree in the churchyard is estimated to be between 2000 and 3000 years old, one of the oldest living organisms in Europe. Its girth was measured at 16m in 1769, but since then souvenir hunters and natural decay have reduced it to a few gnarly but thriving boughs – in 2015 it produced berries for the first time on record. It was almost certainly around when the Romans camped in the meadows by the River Lyon in the 1st century AD; popular, if unlikely, tradition says that Pontius Pilate was born here.


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Fortingall in detail