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Tree ID: 690

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: No data

Girth height: No data

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 2-Feb-00

Source of earliest mention: 1830: History of the hundred of Carhampton - James Savage


1811 – A Tour in Quest of Genealogy by Fenton and O’Brien describes Porlock churchyard as containing ‘the largest yew tree I ever recollect to have seen’.
The sequence of images show the yew from 1889 to 2019. The large hollow yew of 1889 was reduced to one small fragment with barely any foliage by 2000. It has since then received much attention and with every passing year looks healthier.
2006 – Owen Johnson: ‘Decayed branch which is all that remains of an ancient yew, walled up to hold it together and cut back’. Height 7m, diameter 100cm at 1.8m, girth 313cm (10′ 3”).
The yew was undoubtedly more than 5m in girth in the past and is classified as Ancient.

Yew trees at Porlock:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
690 Porlock Ancient 5m-7m No data available - view more info