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Saint- Ursin

Tree ID: 1338

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 925cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: Female

Date of visit: 8-Aug-00

Source of earliest mention: 1847: Avrachin Monumental et Historique - Edoard Le Hericher


August 2000 – Tim Hills: Two large hollowing spaces, one with numerous internal stems/roots. From about 20′ rise two thick and straight parallel branches. Other large limbs have been removed – possibly they stretched over the road and were thought to be dangerous.
2013 – Wim Peeters: The church at St Ursin was described in 1847 as ‘protected by an ancient and monstrous yew, which looks like a cluster of trees or an interweaving of serpents, while a whispering of the wind through the leaves sounds like whistles’.
Michel Lerbourg, Saint Ursin’s deputy mayor has an archive of all the articles written about this tree. One tells the story of how it lost 3 metres of its circumference after the storms of February 1990.
In 2000 several cuttings were taken and the saplings planted in different locations.

Yew trees at Saint- Ursin:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1338 Saint- Ursin Ancient 7m+ 925cm at 30cm - view more info