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Forest of Dean - East Wood

Tree ID: 1746

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 734cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 2-Dec-04

Source of earliest mention: 2004: Luke Wilson


December 2004 – Tim Hills: Three quarters of the circumference comprises new wood flowing over the original bole. The remaining 6′ consists of three gaps which have closed over by about 5′ to create a continuous circle of growth above that height. It supports several thick branches.
Della Hooke, author of Trees in Anglo-Saxon England writes ‘TIDENHAM YEW:A boundary clause attached to a pre-Conquest charter of Tidenham, Gloucestershire, in which King Eadwig granted land there to the abbey of Bath in AD 956, notes as a landmark on the northern boundary of the estate iwdene ‘yew valley’ (Birch 1885-99, B 927; Sawyer 1968, S 610). A large old yew-tree, today know as ‘the King’s Yew’, overlooks a deeply incised valley on the eastern side of East Wood and may even be the tree which gave its name to the valley noted in the tenth-century charter’. Birch, W. de Gray, 1885-99. Cartularium Saxonicum (London). Sawyer, P. H., 1968. Anglo-Saxon Charters: An Annotated List and Bibliography London).

Yew trees at Forest of Dean - East Wood:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1746 Forest of Dean - East Wood Ancient 7m+ 734cm at 30cm - view more info