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Yew/Yews at Marston St.Lawrence England

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Notes: February 1999 - Unusually for a churchyard tree it appears to have layered offspring as well as embedded branches. Measured since 1822. Clean bole - many branches.
Classification: veteran
Classification Codes: V-g
Girth cm: 523
Height measured: at the ground
Girth ft ins: 17' 2'' in 1999
Sex: male
Earliest mention: 1822
Source of earliest mention: George Baker - History of Northamptonshire
Date of visit: 20-Feb-99
Latest information: 13th March 2016 Peter Norton: The first record in the Domesday Book refers to Merestone (Boundary Stone) as a sizeable settlement of 45 households. The St Lawrence suffix was not added until a later date. The church is described as 13/14th century though there is evidence of an earlier church at this site. A fine veteran male yew grows north of the church (a possible indicator of an early religious site) and close to the north facing porch. On the south facing side two branches have been allowed to dip and rest on the ground and although no rooting has taken place, fine upward growth is now evident. To the west of the tree are two young male yews that are clearly the result of successful branch layering although the host branches have been cut away. Although many branches have been cut away over the years the tree looks in good condition. A girth of 17 5 was recorded close to the ground where several nails mark the minimum girth. August 2008 Ian Robert Brown: Tree appears in good health.New sapwood being laid down over much of the dead wood on outer limbs. Good spread of foilage. One outer limb does have large new split running along the bottom edge close to the main trunk that may need attention.

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