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Tandridge Yew

Tandridge Yew, Surrey
Tandridge Yew / andeecollard, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 51.2430 N 0.0323 W
No:212        (list of all attractions)
Values:Biology, Visual
Address:Europe, United Kingdom, England, Surrey, 2,4 km south-west from Oxted, in Tandridge, west from St. Peters church
Species:European Yew (Taxus baccata L.)
Circumference:11.09 m at 1.3 m height

The unique Tandridge Yew shows how a yew can regenerate and live its second life.

More than 1000 years old

This magnificent tree grows close to St. Peters church - very old medieval structure, with oldest parts from the 11th century. There are speculations that here has been standing even older church - but no traces have been found of it.

Nevertheless the yew tree is considerably older than this church - the tree might be approximately 1 700 years old.


This is not exactly the age of the original tree - the main trunk of it fell down centuries ago. Back then there developed many sprouts from the stump. As the centuries rolled by, sprouts turned each into large tree and then they fused together, forming a single tree of giant size. Latest published measurement was made in April 2011 - the girth of the tree at 1.3 m height is 11.09 m.

Tandridge Yew is female tree - it produces fruits every year. Tree has enormous crown.

The tree has an exotic neighbour - outside the cemetery next to the yew grows a tall Giant Sequoia.


See Tandridge Yew on the map of Surrey!


  1. Yew close to St. Peters church in Tandridge, Monumental Trees. Accessed on May 20, 2011

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