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Tree ID: 767

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 808cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 15-May-99

Source of earliest mention: 1760: Information provided at time of visit


1848: 20′ at 3′
1988: 24′ 8” at 3′; 24′ 1” at 4′ (letter to David Bellamy from W.R.M.Low). Based on these measurements Allen Meredith estimated an age of 1500 years and a certificate was issued by the Conservation Foundation.
1997: 12m tall x 232 cm diameter at 1.5m (Owen Johnson – The Sussex Tree Book).
May 1999 – Tim Hills: This hollow tree was apparently considered dead in the 1760s and a new one planted in its place. The new tree, it seems, did not last long – while the old yew recovered. I recorded girths of 24′ 7″ (749cm) at 3′ and 24′ 1″ (734cm) at 5′.
Peter Norton – 2011: Google map 50.847898,-0.72057. It is totally hollow and shows no obvious sign of ever having an internal stem. There are three major areas where there has been a loss of the outer shell and a further gap which is still quite small. Girths recorded as follows: 26′ 6” (808cm) at 1′, 25′ 0” (762cm) at 2′ and 24′ 4” (742cm) at 3′ from the ground. The 3′ height had four nails hammered in around the tree. Below this height the recordings are exaggerated by distorted trunk growth.

Yew trees at Tangmere:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
767 Tangmere Ancient 7m+ 808cm at 30cm - view more info