Tree ID: 765
Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+
Tree girth: 1092cm
Girth height: at 5cm
Tree sex: female
Date of visit: 9-Jul-99
Source of earliest mention: 1854: England and Wales Delineated - Thomas DugdaleNotes:
July 1999 – Tim Hills: The yew grows to the west of the church. One of the finest yews, it boasts not only great girth but also considerable height carried on many straight fluted branches. In addition to its vast spreading canopy of green, younger yews growing nearby have probably layered from the parent tree. Its cavernous hollow was darkened by fire or smoke. I saw two large areas of fungal growth, one close to a sawn off limb, the other near to the ground. Girth was 35′ 4” just above its bulging roots.
August 2006 – Richard Brand greeted the 38 members of Eibenfreunde (Friends of the Yew) visiting Tandridge as part of their 10 day study of the finest yew sites in Southern England.
March 2009 – Jesse Cooper: Luckily, this church respects the tree and there are plenty of signs to discourage visitors from climbing on or walking over the tree and its roots. The tree seems in fine health excepting a slight infection of what appears to be the chicken of the woods fungus.
October 2013 – Peter Norton: The large female yew has evidence of burning within the hollow shell. There are two branches which have rooted and are producing fine upward young growth. The girth was recorded as 35′ 10” close to the ground, root crown. This seems large compared to what others have recorded, but two visits gave the same reading.
Two young layered female trees grow close, the largest was 9′ 6” in girth, the other 5′ 10”, both measured at 1′ and the withered remains of what would have been branches from the parent tree are clearly evident. The largest of these has also produced some young growth from an exposed root. The other also has a young tree but this looks like regeneration by seed.