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Tree ID: 316

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 795cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 7-Jul-99

Source of earliest mention: 1829: Copy of painting displayed in church


July 1999 Tim Hills: A fine tree, with no fewer than 5 substantial main branches, each showing varying degrees of hollowing. Internal growth is connected to three of these branches. Four of the five sections lean outwards sufficiently to need the support of props. This vast and spreading yew conceals most of its branches in abundant foliage. Girth of 25′ 6” (777cm) at the ground recorded.
By April 2004 this had increased to 25′ 8” (782cm) at the ground.
March 2015 – Peter Norton: The once thriving village that surrounded this church was demolished by 1836.This one female yew grows just northeast of the church. There are 5 main branches, all hollowing and at differing stages of decay. Also 6 props supporting various smaller branches, while a further 2 poles are lying on the ground. A girth of 26′ 1” (795cm) at the ground was recorded.
Some additional girths: In 1897 Lowe’s Yew Trees of Great Britain and Ireland reported a girth of 33′ at the ground and 39′ at 3′. This incorrect number meant that the tree was included in an exclusive list of the largest girthed yews in Britain, which this certainly is not. In 1954 it was measured for Swanton by Rev. David Hall, and he was informed that the girth was 23′ at the ground and 28′ at 3′.
In 1994 Owen Johnson recorded a height of 14m and a diameter of 248cm at 0.1m.

Yew trees at Buxted:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
316 Buxted Ancient 7m+ 795cm at the ground - view more info