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Nearest town: Canterbury

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Bartholomew

Diocese: Canterbury

County: Kent

Country: England

Grid ref: TR11274843

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 10-Apr-02

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Parochial Church Council

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

Notes: The village has been associated in the past with the Knights Templar and was originally called Temple Waltham, with a Chantry next to the 13th century church. This is one of Kent's multiple tree sites, with four female and one male yew. They show the extraordinary variety of growth that is to be seen in our oldest yews. In 2002 the build up of drying grasses beneath many of the trees was noted, also that several of them were struggling to be seen in an overgrown churchyard. In 2013 I was able to reach all but one of the trees. These information boards inside the church are an acknowledgement that this is one of fewer than ten sites in England with this number of old yews.

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Yew trees at Waltham:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1054 Waltham Ancient 5m-7m 686cm at 30cm - view more info
1052 Waltham Ancient 5m-7m 681cm at 45cm - view more info
1055 Waltham Ancient 5m-7m 671cm at the ground - view more info
1053 Waltham Ancient 5m-7m 556cm at 15cm - view more info
1056 Waltham Ancient 5m-7m 528cm at the ground - view more info