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Compton Dundon

Tree ID: 376

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 742cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 1-Dec-97

Source of earliest mention: c1780: Edmund Rack - parish survey


1954 – Rev Kellard: 21′ 0” at the ground and 23′ 2½” at 3′.
2000 – Tim Hills: The yew has a clean bole with a single gash revealing it to be a thin skinned hollow tree. Records show the gap has been closing. It will eventually disappear altogether and the hollow tree will appear solid. Girth 23′ 2” (706cm) at 1′, 24′ 9” ((754cm) at the ground and 23′ 1” (704cm) at 3′.
2014 – Peter Norton: The male yew grows east of the south facing porch. Its lower bole is enclosed within an ornamental wall which has started to crack as the tree expands. Fine healthy foliage and minimal sensitive pruning indicates great care is taken of this yew. There is also a small area of pale epicormic growth coming out of a burr on the west side of the tree. Votive offerings were evident with apples, red/blackcurrants and plums placed in small crevices, while inside the tree were written messages and shells. A few ribbons had been tied to the lower branches. High in the crown, what looks like nylon webbing was bracing at least four main branches. The tree is hollow and older generations have informed people that they can remember climbing inside, though this is no longer possible. Girths were recorded from the top of the soil on the side nearest the south path as follows: 23′ 9” at 1′; 23′ 4” at 1′ 8”; 23′ 5” at 2′.
2016 – Tim Hills 25′ 8” at the ground; 24′ 4” at 1′ and 23′ 11” at 3′. June 2021 Brynley Andrews: Girth 727cm girth at 70cm. Tree has massive 50 percent cavity. Bifurcated from ground level. Three cable braces installed and in good condition – probably not enough braces for the weight load. Tree in good health.

Yew trees at Compton Dundon:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
376 Compton Dundon Ancient 7m+ 742cm at 30cm - view more info