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Tree ID: 578

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 704cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 7-Nov-98

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


November 1998 – Tim Hills: A neat circular wall about 18” high encircles this fragmented yew. Its lean is supported by an elaborate system of chains and props. Girth 23′ 1” (704cm) at the ground and an estimated 27′ at 3′.
13 February 2009: An account in Lyneham Village Online reported that several weeks of heavy snow and sub-zero freezing temperatures had taken its toll on the old yew. ‘As a result of three days accumulative snow, 7 inches falling from the Wiltshire skies during last week, adding to the sub-zero temperatures, all these conditions did not help, as thick snow stuck to the evergreen tree and it was too much for the symbolic tree. The top section of the tree could not withstand the weight of the snow and broke off about 25 foot section of the middle main trunk, leaving a gaping hole in the one ornamentally trimmed tree’.
September 2021 Tim Hills: Taping at the ground was 24′ 7” (749cm), but sloping roots and a change in ground level from several inches of mulch makes comparative measurement unreliable.

Yew trees at Lyneham:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
578 Lyneham Ancient 7m+ 704cm at the ground - view more info
1133 Lyneham Images Currently Unavailable Ancient 4m-5m 457cm at 30cm - view more info