Tree ID: 363
Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m
Tree girth: 589cm
Girth height: at the ground
Tree sex: male
Date of visit: 12-Aug-98
Source of earliest mention: 1984: Trees of Shropshire-Andrew Morton1986: Trees of Shropshire-Andrew MortonNotes:
August 1998 – Tim Hills: It is hard to believe a tree can change so radically in such a short space of time. In the space of 14 years this fine open trunk has disappeared behind dense twiggy growth, and the tree trimmed as seen in the photographs from 2006 onwards. Girth in 1998 when it was still possible to approach the bole was 19′ 4” (589cm) at the ground and about 23′ (701cm) at 3′.
The Caring for God’s Acre project has supplied the following information from a report carried out at Clun churchyard in June 1998 by Peter Norman Dip.Arb(RFS) ‘Although it gives the appearance of being solid the crown has been severely cut down in the past and the centre of the tree has been hollowed out by rot. The substantial crown is a ring of regrowth from around the pollarding point’.
November 2015 – Paul Wood: This topiarised veteran yew was impossible to measure or evaluate. It seems a shame that only a few people will ever know just what an extraordinary tree is hidden behind this foliage. I saw people walking by without giving it a second glance. If only they knew what was underneath!