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Merthyr Cynog

Nearest town: Brecon

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Cynog

Diocese: Swansea and Brecon

County: Powys

Country: Wales

Grid ref: SN98493744

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 5-Aug-98

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Church in Wales

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

Notes: This site is above 1000 feet above sea level. Here there was 'reputedly a clas church in the early medieval period' (CPAT). The plan shows the approximate location of the six most significant yews. In his book 'Trees of the Celtic Saints' (2009) Andrew Morton speculates that the male trees NE of the church (trees 4 and 5) grow from the same root system, with a combined girth of 14 metres. While they are recorded as 2 trees here, in 2017 Paul Wood was able to locate and photograph some of the dead wood protruding from the ground, suggesting that these might indeed be two fragments of an ancient specimen. These photos are available in Tree Information.

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Yew trees at Merthyr Cynog:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
594 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 7m+ 762cm - view more info
2286 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 5m-7m 541cm at root crown - view more info
595 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 5m-7m 508cm at 30cm - view more info
2288 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 4m-5m 442cm at 5cm - view more info
2287 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 4m-5m 439cm at 5cm - view more info
4267 Merthyr Cynog Ancient 4m-5m 422cm at 5cm - view more info