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Tree ID: 2439

Yews recorded: Ancient 4m-5m

Tree girth: 414cm

Girth height: at 90cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 25-Feb-07

Source of earliest mention: 1822: Revd J.G.Coplestone, vicar of Offwell.


February 2007 – Tim Hills: The oldest yew grows to the SE and only about 3 metres from the building. In 1808 it was thought to be in such a parlous state that a sapling was planted to take its place. In 1825 large quantities of soil were deposited around the tree and it revived. The original line of the trunk is below the soil and there are indications that this has been a larger girthed tree.
March 2015 Peter Norton: The female yew grows close to the southeast corner of the church. It is reported that this was once a larger tree and what we see is regrowth. Close inspection of cut branches on the west side shows a flow of new wood, which I feel sure predates the 1800s regeneration. Hollowing is evident on the north side of the tree. I recorded 13′ 7” (414cm) at 3′.
The 1808 planted replacement male tree at the northeast corner of the church had a girth of 9′ 0” ((274cm) at 1′. Growing in the adjacent garden and near the southwest corner of the church is a larger male, while close to the east lychgate are a further two females, with the northerly one a similar girth to the garden yew, while the southerly is similar in size to the 1808 replacement.

Yew trees at Offwell:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
2439 Offwell Ancient 4m-5m 414cm at 90cm - view more info