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Nearest town: Hay-on-Wye

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Mary

Diocese: Swansea and Brecon

County: Powys

Country: Wales

Grid ref: SO25483152

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 15-Feb-98

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Church in Wales

Yews recorded at this site: Ancient 4m-5m, Ancient 5m-7m

Notes: Here, at 1000 ft above sea level in a remote location is an 18th century church on a site whose origin is unknown. Capel-y-ffin means the Chapel of the Boundary, and this is thought to have been an important location long before the church was built. Seven significant yews grow on the south side of the church, with an additional younger yew on the west side. The yews were all measured and recorded in the Woolhope Papers of 1867. When remeasured in 2012 an average increase of only 1' 2'' was recorded, showing these to be exceptionally slow growing trees. It would seem likely that they were planted at the same time.

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Yew trees at Capel-y-ffin:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1081 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 5m-7m 645cm at 150cm - view more info
1106 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 5m-7m 508cm at 150cm - view more info
1110 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 4m-5m 490cm at 30cm - view more info
1108 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 4m-5m 470cm at 150cm - view more info
1109 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 4m-5m 422cm at 135cm - view more info
1107 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 4m-5m 417cm at 150cm - view more info
326 Capel-y-ffin Ancient 4m-5m 417cm at 150cm - view more info