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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 Morton


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!

Yew trees at Clun:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
362 Clun Ancient 7m+ 1042cm at the ground - view more info
363 Clun Ancient 5m-7m 589cm at the ground - view more info
4787 Clun Ancient 4m-5m 483cm at the ground - view more info