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Capel - Kent

Tree ID: 324

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 790cm

Girth height: No data

Tree sex: unspecified

Date of visit: 8-Jul-99

Source of earliest mention: 1814: An historical, topographical and descriptive account of the Weald of Kent by Thomas Downes.


1897: A girth of 27′ at 3′ was recorded by Rev. F.Frost for Lowe.
July 1999 – Tim Hills: Almost half of its circumference is dead wood. When this decays it will leave 3 fragment yews, and appear to the uninitiated as one old yew with two much younger trees growing in close proximity.
2007 Ian Robert Brown: Looking at the size of the old shell it seems quite possible that Thomas a Becket might indeed have preached beneath the yew. The ancient shell has all but disappeared on one side, but the sections growing from the old crown are young, strong and vigorous. In fact from certain viewpoints the tree looks very young. This is a fine example of how an ancient yew can regenerate and live on and on. It was meaured by Les Large in 1997 and a girth of 25′ 11” (790cm) was recorded.

Yew trees at Capel - Kent:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
324 Capel - Kent Ancient 7m+ 790cm - view more info