Yew at Breamore St Mary’s Church

Yew at Breamore St Mary's Church
Yew at Breamore St Mary’s Church. / Stoutcob, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  In short

The giant Breamore Yew looks incredible from the distance – an eternally green crown rises above a trunk of gargantuan size. A closer view reveals that the main part of the tree is lost and the numerous smaller separate stems create an illusion of a giant tree trunk. Nevertheless, all of this is a single, unusually impressive tree!

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GPS coordinates
50.969 N 1.7832 W
Location, address
Europe, United Kingdom, Hampshire, New Forest district, Breamore parish, in front of St Mary’s Church
European Yew (Taxus baccata L.)
10.82 m (at 0.6 m height, June 2012)

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Breamore Yew and cemetery
Breamore Yew and cemetery./ Stoutcob, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Similar to most of the major yew trees in the United Kingdom, this giant is located next to a church.

This church, by far, is not a common church. Breamore St Mary’s church is one of the best-preserved examples of Anglo-Saxon architecture. The church was built around 1000 AD and, similar to other great yews + churches, we could assume that the yew tree was there before the church.

The yew stands in front of the church. It is a magnificent, very impressive tree, a feast for the eyes. When looking closer at it, turns out that the middle of its trunk is gone. The crown of the tree is supported now by a ring of many, more than 10 smaller trunks. The former hollow now is similar to a hill of tree roots.

The tree is female, but two trunks are male and have grown from the seeds of this yew. The circumference does not include those trunks.

The church garden is flanked by a row of some 40 younger yew trees – a noble framing for the church and the tree – jewels of English heritage.


  1. European Yew in the parish churchyard in Breamore, England, United Kingdom, Monumental Trees. Accessed on December 27, 2022.
  2. Yew/Yews at Breamore England, Ancient Yew Group. Accessed on December 27, 2022.
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