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Tree ID: 5309

Yews recorded: Notable

Tree girth: 386cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 29/7/2023

Source of earliest mention: Churchyard Yews of Gwent 1988 - J.Daryll Evans


Visited by Evans on 17th January 1987 and recorded in his Churchyard yews of Gwent. He noted 5 yews in the churchyard, the largest with a circumference of 370cm (12’ 2’’). He described it as “a fine specimen with a distinct main trunk.” Evans usually measured at a height of 1m.
In 2023 I recorded 386cm (12’ 8’’) at 30cm, 391cm (12’ 10’’) at 60cm and 407cm (13’ 4’’) at 1m. This is an increase of 37cm in 36 years. The trunk is certainly monumental but with one prominent side stem from a height of 8/10ft that then grows vertically and thickly alongside the main stem. Many other branches have been removed. There were no arils so I assume the yew to be male. Also noteworthy was a flaky bark, more reminiscent of the yews in the churchyards of northern France.
There are also several younger yews in the churchyard.

Yew trees at Rockfield:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
5309 Rockfield Notable 386cm at 30cm - view more info