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Tandridge Yew

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

WorldBlue  In short

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

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GPS coordinates
51.2430 N 0.0323 W
Location, 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
10.92 m at the ground level (October 2013)

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WorldYellow In detail

More than 1000 years old

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

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

Revival

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 a large tree and then they fused together, forming a single tree of giant size. The circumference at the ground level in April 2013 was 10.92 m (2).

Tandridge Yew is a female tree – it produces fruits every year. The tree has an enormous crown.

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

References

  1. Yew close to St. Peters church in Tandridge, Monumental Trees. Accessed on May 20, 2011
  2. Yew/Yews at Tandridge – churchyard England, Ancient Yew Group. Accessed on December 27, 2022

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