Beasties Love Yew!

Paddy with the Yew Tree - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Those of you who regularly check in with the Beasties’ Facebook page might remember Explorer Beastie’s trip to the Bee Garden at Moneypenny’s Lock back in July. The awesome all-you-can-eat bee buffet is just one part of an ongoing project to restore this stretch of the Newry Canal…
Bee Garden Collage - CrawCrafts Beasties
But Moneypenny’s Lock is also home to another incredible plant – and this one has been around a lot longer. Meet Moneypenny’s Yew!

Yew Tree at Moneypenny's Lock, P
Picture: Michael Cooper

And exactly how long has this tree been standing guard over the Lock-Keeper’s Cottage? Well, here she is as a young lady, in 1886…
The Yew Tree at Moneypennys lock, 1886
Imagine all the changes she’s witnessed in her lifetime – the busy canal becoming quieter, falling into neglect, then being given a new lease of life in the last few years by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

Paddy and Plunkett are big fans of this special tree, too!
Plunkett with the Yew Tree - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy with the Yew Tree - H crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

That’s why we’re all hoping you might take a minute to give Moneypenny’s Yew your vote in the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year Competition. She’s up against some stiff competition – including the celebrity trees of the Dark Hedges (as featured in Game of Thrones). But I think it’s high time this tree, in a quiet part of the country, got her moment in the sun!

You can cast your vote here, on the Woodland Trust’s website.

Good luck, Miss Moneypenny – the Beasties and I are rooting for yew!

20 thoughts on “Beasties Love Yew!

  1. I’m going to check out the website and vote. This place looks idyllic. What a treat to spend some time here. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous spot. I saw you are based in Dublin so if I’m right let me say well done in the rugby! I don’t know if you’re a fan of rugby or not but it was an awesome match!

    1. It’s unbelievably peaceful! Your vote will be most welcome, so thanks in advance 😀 And yes, I’m in Dublin… Were we playing rugby yesterday?! I have been known to watch (and enjoy!) the odd match, but I think I fall a bit short of deserving fan status 😆

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