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Castle Cary

Tree ID: 332

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 518cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 17-Feb-00

Source of earliest mention: 1836: The history and antiquities of Somersetshire - William Phelps


February 2000 – Tim Hills: The yew grows NE of the church, close to a drop of several feet. It is an unimposing tree with piles of compost, stones, wood and general litter around its base. The shape and dimensions of the tree will alter considerably when decay of some of the dead wood is complete. In 1958 Swanton’s Yew Trees of England recorded a girth of 16′ for the male tree. A section of dead wood close to the railings suggested that this might have once been a larger tree than its current dimensions suggest. Its girth of about 17′ (close to the ground) will be further diminished when dead sections have decayed. Plentiful younger growth gave the tree a green and healthy appearance, in spite of large amounts of gall and brown leaves.

Yew trees at Castle Cary:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
332 Castle Cary Ancient 5m-7m 518cm at the ground - view more info