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Tree ID: 856

Yews recorded: Ancient 4m-5m

Tree girth: 465cm

Girth height: at 150cm

Tree sex: Female

Date of visit: 6-Jul-99

Source of earliest mention: 1911: Horsfield's History of Sussex


July 1999 Tim Hills: A wire around its trunk stretches to the base of a nearby tree to help prevent it from leaning any further. Its internal stem has a girth of about 5′; if this developed in the centre of the original decaying trunk the tree would had once been of far greater girth.
March 2016 Peter Norton: This, the oldest yew of four, grows on the north side of the church, suggesting a sacred place of some antiquity. The female tree leans over the main path and is held in place by two steel hawsers that wrap around branches in the canopy with one attached to a neighbouring tree while the other is attached to metal spike hammered into the ground, close to the north perimeter wall. The tree is hollow, revealing a large 5′ girthed internal stem. There is also much dead white wood which is slowly being enveloped with the flow of new wood. The crown looked green and healthy and had been recently trimmed to reduce encroaching on the nearby cottage. The bole has a flared root and was measured at 3′ from the top of the sloping ground where girth was 15′ 4” (467cm).

Yew trees at Wivelsfield:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
856 Wivelsfield Ancient 4m-5m 465cm at 150cm - view more info
1772 Wivelsfield Ancient 4m-5m 429cm at root crown - view more info
4873 Wivelsfield Notable No data available - view more info