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Staunton (Forest of Dean)

Tree ID: 1389

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 528cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 11-Jan-03

Source of earliest mention: 1938: The King's England - Arthur Mee


In 1938 Mee noted a ‘veteran 20 feet round’ in his King’s England series.
January 2003 – Tim Hills: The hollow female yew grows on a small mound east of the church. It has in the past been overrun by ivy and several large dead stems still clung to the north side of the tree, while those on the south side were still growing. It is thin skinned with one gap into its hollow, 5′ high and 1′ wide and it was just possible to stand upright inside the space. Several internal stems push through the skin within the first few feet. It appears truncated with split branches showing at the top of the tree. Its main rising growth is above the gap where remnants of the original trunk can be seen. Newer growth rises all around the remainder of the tree. Girth was 17′ 4” (528cm) at the ground.
May 2016 – Peter Norton: The female yew grows from a small mound to the east of the church. It has many truncated branches high in the canopy, apart from one which gives a straggly appearance when viewed from a distance. Thick stemmed ivy once had a hold but had been cut back as previously reported. The lower stems of these have rotted allowing them to be pulled from the tree. It has two basal cavities, one on the north side allows you to see the tree is totally hollow and has at least three internal stems, while the smaller cavity on the west side has some evidence of what appears to be some sort of infill. A girth of 16′ 10” (513cm) was recorded at 1′ from the ground as measured from the west side.

Yew trees at Staunton (Forest of Dean):

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1389 Staunton (Forest of Dean) Ancient 5m-7m 528cm at the ground - view more info