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Tree ID: 742

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 691cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 21-Dec-98

Source of earliest mention: 1895: Information provided by J. James. (1897- John Lowe)


December 1998: The tree has been described as female in the past, but Tim Hills (1998) and Peter Norton (2011) have both recorded it as male. In 1998 some concrete filled the hollow. This was not apparent in 2011. The gap leading to the hollow in 1998 was 16” wide at the ground narrowing to a point at 5′. A small internal stem was followed to a point about 15′ up in the tree where it was attached to its originating branch. 1999 -Russell Cleaver: A hollow tree of 23′ 8” (721cm) girth stands against the south wall of the church. Canopy cut back off roof. Three main leaders, braced at approximately 15′. 2011 – Peter Norton: A large amount of deadwood evident from where a branch has been lost at some time in the past. When this deadwood finally rots away it will leave the possibility of the tree splitting into two halves. Remains of iron banding can be seen, which must have once supported the now missing branch. It is now constricting the growth of some branches. Girths recorded as follows: 22′ 8” near to the ground, 22′ 8” (691cm) at 1′, 23′ 2” (706cm) at 2′ and 23′ 8” (721cm) at 3′ – heights as recorded from the top of the mound before it slopes away. 2016 – Drake and Anne Hocking: Girths recorded as follows: 22′ 10 and a quarter inches (697cm) at the ground level on the higher east side (the tape being close to level around the perimeter). 23′ 11” (729cm) at 4′ 3” on the same side. 24′ 8 and three quarters of an inch (753cm) at 5′ 5” (below the take off point of the lower branches), on the same side.

Yew trees at Steep:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
742 Steep Ancient 5m-7m 691cm at 30cm - view more info
1747 Steep Images Currently Unavailable Lost No data available - view more info