Hollow Hambledon Yew
There are two giant, ancient yew trees in the churchyard of the Hambledon Church. Especially large is the Hollow Hambledon Yew south-east of the church.
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The Hollow Hambledon Yew is an enormous, hollow tree. It is a male tree that seems to be in a good condition: the hollow is becoming smaller and new wood is seen in it. Nevertheless, the hollow is large enough to fit four people in it.
The girth of the tree is increasing rather fast: it has been measured since the late 19th century and measurements show that the circumference increased more than 1 meter since then.
This beautiful tree grows in the church graveyard and its crown overshadows many graves.
Most likely, the tree was large already before the first church building in the 11th century: dendrochronological research shows that it might be more than 1200 years old.
According to a local legend, if one walks around the hollow inside of it three times, he sees a witch.
The other giant yew west from the hollow tree is somewhat smaller, with a girth of 6.72 m.
- European Yew at the end of Church Lane, Hambledon, England, United Kingdom, Monumental Trees. Accessed on September 23, 2022
- Yew/Yews at Hambledon, Surrey England, Ancient Yew Group. Accessed on September 23, 2022
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