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Tree ID: 839

Yews recorded: Ancient 5m-7m

Tree girth: 612cm

Girth height: at 5cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 1-Sep-97

Source of earliest mention: 1839: The History and Antiquities of Somersetshire - William Phelps


1999 – Tim Hills: Several substantial branches around an empty centre. Some of the hollows have been filled with stones. Girth of 19′ 4” (589cm) at the base of the tree.
July 2014 Peter Norton: The parish church is built on a site of great antiquity. Although there has been a church here for at least nine hundred and fifty years, the curved wall alignment which encloses the churchyard and Court Farm suggests that there has been a settlement here for much longer than that, possibly even for one thousand six hundred years. The oldest parts of the present structure date back to the late 12th century.
One large male yew grows east of the church and comprises five hollowing stems (Urn shaped) from which a few internal roots snaking around the low platform can be observed. One stem has been propped. A girth of 20′ 3” (617cm) was obtained close to the ground.
2015 Tim Hills: I recorded 20′ 1” (612cm) keeping the tape as close to the ground as possible.

Yew trees at Westbury-Sub-Mendip:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
839 Westbury-Sub-Mendip Ancient 5m-7m 612cm at 5cm - view more info