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Tree ID: 286

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 605cm

Girth height: at 45cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 4-Jun-99

Source of earliest mention: 1858: A handbook for travellers in Kent and Sussex -King and Murray


1958 – Swanton: 19′ 6” (594cm) at 3′.
1992 – D. and J. Rudd-Jones: In a letter to the Conservation Foundation the following was described “On the south east side of the church is a very large yew tree, which, according to The Guide of the Church of the Holy Cross by Francis Steer, “is said to be not less than 600 years old” based on a letter by E.W.Swanton of Haslemere Museum on 19 May 1952. The girth of the tree is 20′ 10” (635cm) to 22′ 2” (676cm) and it is partly hollow. The sex is female.
1997 – Owen Johnson – height of 15m x189cm diameter at 0.3m.
1999 – Tim Hills: ESE of the church. A solid looking bole with two narrow gaps at the ground. These reveal a hollow filled with a huge internal stem. Tree not measured.
March 2004: Girth recorded as follows: 19′ 8” (599cm) at 1′ and 21′ 5” (653cm) at 3′ over twiggy growth.
September 2013 – Peter Norton: The large female yew grows opposite the southeast corner of the church. It has has two basal cavities through which a large internal stem can be seen. Girths of 19′ 10” (605cm) at 1′ 6”, 20′ 0” (610cm) at 2′ and 20′ 8” (630cm) at 3′ were noted.

Yew trees at Bignor:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
286 Bignor Ancient 5m-7m 605cm at 45cm - view more info
1121 Bignor Images Currently Unavailable Lost No data available - view more info