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Yew/Yews at Much Marcle England

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Notes: February 1998 - The tree will need careful monitoring to ensure that it is not inadvertantly damaged by its many visitors. The seat in its vast hollow may look picturesque but invites visitors to linger. Soil compaction could become a problem in the future. Girth recorded here is from Peter Norton in 2014.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-g, pg, hsh
Girth cm: 830
Height measured: at 30cm
Girth ft ins: 27' 3'' at 1'
Sex: female
Earliest mention: 1876
Source of earliest mention: Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7, Transcription by Rosemary Lockie 2002
Date of visit: 20-Feb-98
Latest information: Paul Wood 2017: So many people have sat on the seat that the wood behind it looks highly polished. Some staining on the outside appeared to be caused by coins being left embedded in the tree's bark. Peter Norton July 2014: The large hollow female yew grows close to the south facing porch. A minimum girth was noted as 27' 3'' at 1' from the ground as obtained from the north side of the tree. Nails are evident at this height and slightly undulate around the bole., In 2005 this much visited yew was reported to the Conservation Foundation to be suffering from 'visitor stress' in the form of severe compacting of the ground around the tree. Expert opinion was sought and a variety of options considered. In the first instance a substantial mulch to the base to feed the root system will be applied. A temporary fence is being considered and ultimately a permanent platform to keep feet off the surrounding ground. Lastly the crown weight has been slightly reduced, some dead wood removed and some of the lower branches tidied. Some of the old and unsightly metal supports have been removed, but the characterful Victorian lamp posts have been left in place - Richard Brooks. In July 2007 visited by Tim Hills - the tree is looking in excellent health, the work carried out has obviously benefitted the tree. September 2011 - Tree continues to look in excellent health. Noticeable that there is new leaf growth on the inner surface of the tree. Tim Hills

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