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Tree ID: 2229

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: No data

Girth height: not measured

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 12-Apr-06

Source of earliest mention: 1789: Selected views of Leicestershire - J.Throsby


April 2006 Doug Harwood: ‘A remarkable old yew tree which is hastening towards annihilation’ was described on p.885 of History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester by Nichols. J. (1795 – 1815).
In Selected views of Leicestershire: Vol. 2 -Supplementary Volume on Leicestershire Villages and Places of Note, (p81) J.Throsby (1789) describes the tree as ‘a remarkable old yew tree on its stumps’.
Two hundred years later this remarkable ‘relic of an ancient tree’ continues to thrive. It is likely to be the oldest tree in Leicestershire.

Yew trees at Ratby:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
2229 Ratby Ancient 5m-7m No data available - view more info