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Bodcott Farm

Tree ID: 2958

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 742cm

Girth height: at narrowest point

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 21-Nov-08

Source of earliest mention: 1994: Gazetteer in The Sacred Yew


November 2008 – Tim Hills: This is undoubtedly an ancient tree. The gradual development of the sunken lane from centuries of wear has left part of the tree undercut by erosion and reveals much of its root structure. Very few berries remained; either they had been already devoured or few were produced this year. There were no large thick branches, as if the tree has been managed to prevent this.
February 2016 – Paul Wood: It appears as though somebody has been cutting away roots that have become exposed from erosion. The side of the tree seen from the lane now has little soil supporting it and my concern is that this might eventually destabilise the whole tree. It seems to me that a tree of this significance would benefit from a proper management plan and should at least be protected by a TPO. The back of the tree is receiving the same treatment but new fencing and barbed wire mean access to this side of the tree was not possible. It was with great ingenuity that the tree was measured at its visible narrow point where 24′ 4” (742cm) was recorded.

Yew trees at Bodcott Farm:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
2958 Bodcott Farm Ancient 7m+ 742cm at narrowest point - view more info