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Yew/Yews at Staunton England

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Notes: Tim Hills - An exceptional fragment of a great old tree. This will probably eventually separate into two fragments as its distinct sections continue to lean outwards. At the time of the 1998 visit the two sides of the tree were held together with thick wire.In 1924 it was described as 'an old yew tree with hollow stem, said to be the largest in the county. Its girth is 28 ft 9 in'. In 1938 Mee (King's England) recognised the true immensity of this tree, recording 'a colossal yew 25 feet round and breaking up with age'. Vaughan Cornish, in the 1940s, wrote to parishes seeking information about their churchyard yews. Hayes replied with the following description: 'Yew with girth of 33', limbs extending 30' on north and 20' on south side. New bark grows over the old trunk. Limbs well covered with foliage'. This is an unusual and exceptional fragment of a grand old tree.
Classification: ancient
Classification Codes: A-g, frs, pg, hist
Girth cm: 788
Height measured: at the ground
Girth ft ins: 25' 10''
Sex: male
Earliest mention: 1938
Source of earliest mention: The King's England - Arthur Mee
Date of visit: 20-Feb-98
Latest information: Peter Norton 11th March 2014: Of the three male yews that grow here the largest is close to the west of the tower, fragmented and starting to split into two distinct halves.The girth as taken from the ground on the west side of the tree and keeping the tape level was 25' 10'', however following a natural waist line the girth decreases to 25' 8''. A twin trunked tree grows midway to the north gate and close to this gate is a yew with a girth of 8'.

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