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Tree ID: 290

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 701cm

Girth height: at 25cm

Tree sex: unspecified

Date of visit: 3-Jun-00

Source of earliest mention: 1838: Girth recorded by Loudon (1897- John Lowe)


1866 Woolhope Papers: Recorded as ‘partially hollow, with a girth of 24′ 6” (747cm) at 5′ and 25′ 5” (775cm) at 3’.
March 2002: A tree survey, commissioned by the Caring for God’s Acre project was carried out by Phi Evans. Burry growth was noted on the trunk. There was some dead wood in the crown, but no rot. No remedial work was called for and it was reported as ‘massive and ancient, but looks a healthy tree’.
June 2000 – Tim Hills: Girths of 22′ 4” (681cm) at 1′ and 25′ 0” (762cm) at 5′.
March 2017 – Peter Norton: The largest yew grows close to the southeast corner of the church. It is much hollowed on its east side and appears to have an internal stem that has fused to the internal wall. I can confirm this tree to be male, filled with pollen sacs. Its crown was in good condition, with some ivy present. A minimum girth of exactly 23′ (701cm) was recorded using embedded nails at approximately 10” height on the north side of the tree.
September 2020 – Tim Hills: I recorded a girth of 23′ 2½” (707cm) at 1′. No other measurements were possible because of substantial low branches. Also noted was a large collapsed branch. The tree has been reported in the past to be female, but is clearly male.

Yew trees at Bockleton:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
290 Bockleton Ancient 7m+ 701cm at 25cm - view more info
291 Bockleton Ancient 5m-7m 561cm at 60cm - view more info