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St Mary Bourne

Tree ID: 737

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: No data

Girth height: No data

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 16-Nov-98

Source of earliest mention: 1865: A handbook for travellers in Surrey, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight-King and Murray


November 1998 – Tim Hills: A most unusual looking tree with an expanse of ‘sculptured’ wood. While we do not know for certain how much larger girthed it has been in the past, the yew can deservedly be placed with the most ancient of yews, those with a girth above 7m. When the large hollow section decays it will be smaller still. Inside the hollow is a fine internal stem. Girths recorded were 22′ 0” (671cm) at the ground, 20′ 10″ (635cm) at 3′ and 20′ 3″ (617cm) at 5′.
January 2003 – Russell Cleaver: 19′ 10” (6.05 at 1.1m). Hollow, large leader removed, tree now partially dead. Unhealthy foliage, cramped site, just SW of church. Large cavity, girth possibly once larger.
November 2006 – Tim Hills: Much gall and thin foliage noted.
November 2012 – Peter Norton: A large section of white wood is still attached and in the process of being covered by a flow of new wood. A girth of 21′ 9” (663cm) at 1′ was recorded (height taken from the east side of the tree) where an embedded nail with four others undulate around the bole. Foliage was reported as sparse and unhealthy in previous reports, but the tree appeared to be recovering. Also noted was a healthy thick internal stem.

Yew trees at St Mary Bourne:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
4008 St Mary Bourne Images Currently Unavailable Notable 262cm at 60cm - view more info
737 St Mary Bourne Ancient 7m+ No data available - view more info