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Tree ID: 284

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 786cm

Girth height: at 45cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 1-Oct-97

Source of earliest mention: 1791: Collinson/Rack - History of Somerset


October 1997 – Tim Hills: The split hollow yew is supported on 4 great crutches. Girth was 25′ 9” (786cm) between 1′ and 2′.
In 2000 I recorded girths of 25′ 9″ (786cm) between 1′ and 2′ and 22′ 11″ (698.5cm) at its narrowest point. Four metal poles were supporting the split, hollow female tree while the curved metal plates between pole and tree were being swallowed up by layers of new wood.
2006 -Owen Johnson: Height of 13m, a diameter of 225cm and a girth of 708cm (23′ 3”) @0.5-1.2m. Tree described as ‘very hollow and leaning and split apart long ago, with gaps through the trunk at the base. Braced and propped’.
May 2012 – Peter Norton: The yew has three cavities in the outer bole and is much hollowed, with two brace bars holding the hollowed branches in place making four in all. The tree’s two main growth areas are supported by four box iron posts having a decent size thrust plate to spread the load and a cradle to support the branches which allows for movement and growth. At about 2′ from the ground as measured from the hollowed side where four embedded nails mark the height, a girth of 25′ 0” (762cm) was recorded.

Yew trees at Bicknoller:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
284 Bicknoller Ancient 7m+ 786cm at 45cm - view more info