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Yew/Yews at Lyneham England

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Notes: November 1998 - A neat circular wall about 18ins high encircles this fragmented yew. Its lean is supported by an elaborate system of chains and props.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-g, frs
Girth cm: 704
Height measured: at the ground
Girth ft ins: 23' 1" in 1998
Sex: female
Earliest mention: 1946
Source of earliest mention: The Churchyard Yew and Immortality - Cornish
Date of visit: 07-Nov-98
Latest information: 13 Feb 2009: An account in Lyneham Village Online reported that several weeks of heavy snow and sub-zero freezing temperatures had taken its toll on the old yew. 'As a result of three days accumulative snow, 7 inches falling from the Wiltshire skies during last week, adding to the sub-zero temperatures, all these conditions did not help, as thick snow stuck to the evergreen tree and it was too much for the symbolic tree. The top section of the tree could not withstand the weight of the snow and broke off about 25 foot section of the middle main trunk, leaving a gaping hole in the one ornamentally trimmed tree'.

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