Janis Fry studied Theology and English Literature at Bangor University in North Wales and Art at Swansea College of Art. She is considered a leading authority on ancient yew trees. Her interest began in 1974 while exploring the grounds of a derelict country house, where she tripped and fell through a hole in the undergrowth and found herself in the magical twilight world of an ancient yew tunnel. From then on yew trees started to show up in her life. In the 1980s Janis contributed to the first book on yews for 100 years, 'The Sacred Yew ' by Anand Chetan and Diana Brueton, which began the revival of interest in yews and was the forerunner for all other books on yew. She also contributed yew research to David Bellamy's organisation, The Conservation Foundation. In 2014 Janis put the Defynnog Yew on the map as the oldest tree in Britain and in recent years set up the Campaign for Legal Protection of Ancient Yews on change.org, which has gained 264,000 signatures. She lives in Ammanford, UK.
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