This ancient tree is a great survivor once visited by a future king. The then Prince of Wales came to see the yew tree of Llangernyw - which may be up to 4000-years-old - five years ago.

If it is that venerable the giant trunk in the grounds of St Digain's Church in the beautiful village between Abergele and Llanrwst in Conwy would be about as old as The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, built between 2550 and 2490 BC.

Whatever its exact age, it dwarfs the age of almost every other tree in Europe. This can be seen in the Woodland Trust's current project to invite people to vote for their favourite Tree of the Year 2023.

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They may be the oldest "inhabitant" of their village or a local landmark and one of the UK wide contenders is the Sweet Chestnut of Acton Park in Wrexham. Voting is open until October 15 and the winner will represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year competition.

But magnificent though the Sweet Chestnut is, with its girth of 6.05 metres, it is "only" thought to be approximately 484-years-old. This would date it to 1539 making it about a tenth of the age of Llangernyw's titan.

In fact Wales is considered special in terms of ancient yews. Several years ago North Wales Live reported on one of the world’s leading authorities on the ethnobotany of the yew tree, Hamburg-born Fred Hageneder, living in Llandeilo.

He said then that about 90 per cent of the oldest trees in Europe are British yews and more than a quarter of these can be found in Wales. Mr Hageneder, founding member and chairman of the Friends of the Trees charity and a founder member of the Ancient Yew Group, said then that countless yews were destroyed in the Middle Ages as they were stripped to provide staves for longbows."

Coed Cadw, the Welsh arm of the Woodland Trust, produced the Great Yews of Wales Tree Trail to help people to find them.

And Fred added: “These ancients survived, protected by churchyards and in our current dark time of global deforestation and the extinction of many species, the Great Yew Trail is a guide to some fantastic survivors."