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Tree ID: 505

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 698.5cm

Girth height: at 5cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 20-Feb-99

Source of earliest mention: 1946: The Churchyard Yew and Immortality-Cornish


February 1999 – Tim Hills: From a platform 10′ up in the tree above a hollowing bole, the marks of at least 5 substantial cut branches could be seen. This perhaps was the result of damage sustained in a blizzard in 1908. The canopy spreads far with branches dipping to the ground all around the tree. The bole is particularly red facing the church. Girth was 22′ 4″ (681cm) at the ground, 24′ 6″ (747cm) at 3′ and 27′ 11″ (851cm) at 5′.
2007 – Ian Robert Brown: Large healthy spread of foliage, with new growth within and outside the main bulk of the trunk working its way out through the deadwood. Hollowing in places, also regeneration. No sign of disease, appears very healthy.
March 2016 – Peter Norton: The ancient male yew grows just east of the church and has been allowed to spread and dip its branches to form an enclosed space around its bole. There are four main areas of growth and many branches that have been cut back due to storm damage in the early 1900s. It has two large basal cavities in which hollowing and internal growth can be seen. Girth was 22′ 11” (698.5cm) near to the ground, using the embedded nails as a guide.

Yew trees at Helmdon:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
505 Helmdon Ancient 5m-7m 698.5cm at 5cm - view more info