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Borrowdale - Fraternal Four

Tree ID: 97

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 506cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 20-Jun-02

Source of earliest mention: 1803: Wordsworth's poem 'Yew Trees'


June 2002 – Tim Hills: Half of this once formidable tree has fallen and lies on the ground next to the living trunk. Girth was 16′ 7” (506cm) keeping the tape 1′ above the sloping ground.
February 2015: From an article in British Wildlife, pp 178-182 by Maurice Pankhurst, Stuart A’Hara and Joan Cottrell: A few years after the uprooting of tree 4 in 1866 ‘tree 2 was severely damaged, some 50% of it being destroyed. Again, the remains of this section of the tree are still to be seen today’. DNA technology carried out to establish whether any of the yews might be genetic clones established that this yew and tree 1 have identical DNA fingerprints. This means they were either once fragments of a larger tree or, as seems more likely, that one has developed from layered roots of branches of the other, and the article points out that ‘the architecture of the above ground roots is highly suggestive of linkage’.

Yew trees at Borrowdale - Fraternal Four:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
88 Borrowdale - Fraternal Four Ancient 7m+ 752cm at 60cm - view more info
97 Borrowdale - Fraternal Four Ancient 5m-7m 506cm at 30cm - view more info
626 Borrowdale - Fraternal Four Ancient 4m-5m 447cm at 30cm - view more info
102 Borrowdale - Fraternal Four Images Currently Unavailable Lost No data available - view more info