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East Chiltington

Tree ID: 422

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 663cm

Girth height: at root crown

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 6-Jul-99

Source of earliest mention: 1911: Horsfield's History of Sussex


The 1911 History of Sussex reported that ‘when the tree lost its head two tons of concrete were poured in to preserve the rest’. 1994 – Owen Johnson: 13m tall x 207 cm diameter @ 0.4m The Sussex Tree Book.
1999 – Tim Hills: Enlarged roots reach out from the tree at several places around its bole. A girth of 21′ 6” (655cm) above bulging roots was recorded in 1999.
March 2015 – Peter Norton: East Chiltington church was a chapel of ease to Westmeston from at least 1291. There is only one yew in the churchyard, this female growing west of the south porch. It is not known exactly when the hollow bole was filled with concrete. Over the years the interior has rotted away leaving some of this concrete infill just hanging. Measured above the spreading root system, minimum girth at root crown was 21′ 9” (663cm).

Yew trees at East Chiltington:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
422 East Chiltington Ancient 5m-7m 663cm at root crown - view more info