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Yew/Yews at Didcot England

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Notes: Tim Hills: Visiting in 1998 it was obvious that the tree had suffered fire/smoke damage in the past. As a precaution the gap to its hollow had been plugged with a piece of dead yew wood, painted in an effort to make it match the bark on the rest of the tree. This failed to prevent the latest case of arson (2002), when burning material was apparently dropped into the hollow from a small gap further up in the tree.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-g, hol
Girth cm: 833
Height measured: at the ground
Girth ft ins: 27' 4'' in 1998
Sex: male
Earliest mention: 1860
Source of earliest mention: Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire
Date of visit: 07/11/1998
Latest information: May 2013 (Peter Norton): The male yew grows just west of the south porch and has been subject to fire damage on two known occasions. It is totally hollow with several cavities on the southwest of the tree where the fire damage can be easily seen. Foliage looks healthy and the tree continues to thrive. It has a flared base and I measured at 4' (using the level ground at the second cavity from the church) and recorded a girth of 21'. July 2007 (Dave Kenny): It was measured as 6.39m @ 1.25m. It looks fairly healthy and seems to have recovered well from the 2005 fire. November 2005 (Tim Hills): A revisit to see the tree after a serious fire. Its top has been removed, so I assume everything above that height was dead and unstable. 2 large branches are fine, another area of growth dangles to the ground and it is to be hoped that this too will be left.

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