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Yew/Yews at Bockleton England

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Notes: October 1997 Tim Hills: The larger of Bockleton's 2 yews, growing SE of the church. A thickened horse shoe shape. It was recorded in the 1866 Woolhope Papers as 'partially hollow, with a girth of 24' 6'' at 5' and 25' 5'' at 3'.' The tree has been recorded as a female in the past but it appeared to me to be male.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-pg, hsh
Girth cm: 681
Height measured: at 30cm
Girth ft ins: 22' 4'' at 1' in 1997
Sex: unspecified
Earliest mention: 1838
Source of earliest mention: Girth recorded by Loudon. (1897- John Lowe)
Date of visit: 01-Oct-97
Latest information: March 2017 Peter Norton: The largest yew grows close to the southeast corner of the church. It is much hollowed on its east side and appears to have an internal stem that has fused to the internal wall. I can confirm this tree to be male, filled with pollen sacs. Its crown was in good condition, with some ivy present. A minimum girth of exactly 23' was recorded using embedded nails at approx. 10'' height on the north side of the tree. March 2002: A tree survey, commissioned by the Caring for God`s Acre project was carried out by Phi Evans. Burry growth was noted on the trunk. There was some dead wood in the crown, but no rot. No remedial work was called for and it was reported as 'massive and ancient, but looks a healthy tree'.

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