Help needed with yew tree selection
Hi there. Just wondered if anyone can help me with a project.
My father is currently planting up 10 acre's of deciduous woodland in Norfolk, so I asked if I could pay for, say, 10 - 20 yew trees to be scattered among the other trees (predominantly oak).
I'm currently 49 years old, and have undertaken to look after them for the remainder of my lifetime, on the understanding that my grandson will be able to cut them down for the purpose of making english longbows (so long as he plants a new one in its place for his grandson).
So, I need a species of yew which is
* fast-growing (relatively speaking),
* tall, straight, free from lower branches / limbs,
* suited to woodland loam soil on heavy Norfolk clay
Any help appreciated.