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Tree ID: 408

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 833cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 7-Nov-98

Source of earliest mention: 1860: Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire


November 1998 – Tim Hills: It was obvious that the tree had suffered fire/smoke damage in the past. As a precaution the gap to its hollow had been plugged with a piece of dead yew wood, painted in an effort to make it match the bark on the rest of the tree. Girths recorded in 1998 as follows: 27′ 4″ (833cm) at the ground and 22′ 8″ (691cm) at 3′. These measurements would have been distorted by the protecting piece of dead yew wood, and in 2005, after its removal, a lower girth of 21′ 10” (665cm) at 3′ was recorded. The serious fire, in 2002, had led to the removal of the much of the tree, so I assume that everything above a certain height was dead and unstable. Two large branches were fine, another area of growth dangles to the ground and it is to be hoped that this too will be left.
July 2007 -Dave Kenny: It was measured as 6.39m @ 1.25m. It looks fairly healthy and seems to have recovered well from the fire.
May 2013 – Peter Norton: The male yew grows just west of the south porch and has been subject to fire damage on two known occasions. It is totally hollow with several cavities on the southwest of the tree where the fire damage can be easily seen. Foliage looks healthy and the tree continues to thrive. It has a flared base and I measured at 4′ (using the level ground at the second cavity from the church) and recorded a girth of 21′ 0” (640cm).

Yew trees at Didcot:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
408 Didcot Ancient 7m+ 833cm at the ground - view more info