Tree ID: 571
Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+
Tree girth: 838cm
Girth height: at the ground
Tree sex: unspecified
Date of visit: 19-Sep-98
Source of earliest mention: 1834: Remarks on Forest Scenery, and Other Woodland Views by John GilpinNotes:
September 1998 – Tim Hills: The fragmented yew grows north of the church. In 1998 the sign to ‘Help protect this ancient yew’ was hidden behind piles of removed branches. It appears to consist of two fragments with a 4′ gap between. Both parts were ivy covered. The tree needed time to recover from this ‘pruning’. Girth was 28′ 6” (869cm) at the ground.
Ground around the tree had been cleared.
October 2002 – Russell Cleaver: The largest of the three trees is a hollow relic, propped, N of the church – 28′ 6” (869cm) girth.
August 2007- Ian Robert Brown: The shell of this once very large yew is now in several sections. Signs of severe fire damage are visible in several places. Despite the damage these sections have regenerated quite rapidly putting out many new limbs with an abundance of thick foliage.
September 2012 – Peter Norton: Fragmented into three distinct areas of which the smallest has no associated regrowth and moves when touched. This will not last long. Another fragment is supported on its largest branch which is propped. The last fragment has lost a major branch and although this now lies on the ground it is still attached to the main trunk and has allowed regeneration of apical growth. This large fragment is currently starting to fragment further and will eventually split into two distinct parts. There are two props for this piece, one supports a large branch on the east side and one prop supports the trunk on the north side. None of the three have thrust plates to deflect the load. The crown is low domed but looks green and healthy. Girth of 27′ 6” (838cm) at ground level was noted. Google map 51.221061,-0.943352.
August 2020 – Dave Kenny: Girth of 8.63m at 0.1m – the height of several embedded old nails.