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Yew/Yews at Helmdon England

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Notes: February 1999 Tim Hills: From a platform 10' up in the tree above a hollowing bole, the marks of at least 5 sustantial cut branches could be seen. This perhaps was the result of damage sustained in a blizzard in 1908. The canopy spreads far with branches dipping to the ground all around the tree. The bole is particularly red facing the church.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-lgth
Girth cm: 681
Height measured: at the ground
Girth ft ins: 22' 4'' in 1999
Sex: male
Earliest mention: 1946
Source of earliest mention: The Churchyard Yew and Immortality - Cornish
Date of visit: 20/02/1999
Latest information: March 13th 2016 Peter Norton: Helmdon is derived from the Old English for 'Helma's Valley'. Of any Saxon church there is now no trace, and most of the present church was built during the 13/14th centuries then restored in 1875. The ancient male yew grows just east of the church and has been allowed to spread and dip its branches to form an enclosed space around its bole. There are four main areas of growth and many branches that have been cut back due to storm damage in the early 1900s. It has two large basal cavities in which hollowing and internal growth can be seen. Girth was 22 11 near to the ground, using the embedded nails as a guide. 2007 Ian Robert Brown - Large healthy spread of foilage, with new growth within and outside the main bulk of the trunk working its way out through the deadwood. Hollowing in places, also regeneration. No sign of disease, appears very healthy.

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