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Notes: July 1999 Tim Hills: The yew grows to the W of the church. One of the finest yews, it boasts not only great girth but also considerable height carried on many straight fluted branches. In addition to its vast spreading canopy of green, younger yews growing nearby have probably layered from the parent tree. Its cavernous hollow was darkened by fire or smoke.I saw two large areas of fungal growth, one close to a sawn off limb, the other near to the ground.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: ancient - exceptional
Girth cm: 1077
Height measured: close to ground
Girth ft ins: 34' 5'' just above bulging roots
Sex: female
Earliest mention: 1854
Source of earliest mention: England and Wales Delineated - Thomas Dugdale
Date of visit: 09/07/1999
Latest information: October 2013 Peter Norton: The large female yew has evidence of burning within the hollow shell. There are two branches which have rooted and are producing fine upward young growth. The girth was recorded as 35 10, close to the ground, root crown seems large compared to what others have recorded, but two visits gave the same reading. Two young layered female trees grow close, the largest was 9 6 in girth the other 5 10 both measured at 1 and the withered remains of what would have been branches from the parent tree are clearly evident. The largest of these has also produced some young growth from an exposed root. The other also has a young tree but this looks like regeneration by seed. March 2009 Jesse Cooper: Luckily, this church respects the tree and there are plenty of signs to discourage visitors from climbing on or walking over the tree and its roots. The tree seems in fine health excepting a slight infection of what appears to be the chicken of the woods fungus. In August 2006 Richard Brand greeted the 38 members of Eibenfreunde (Friends of the Yew) visiting Tandridge as part of their 10 day study of the finest yew sites in Southern England.

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