Tandridge Yew

Tandridge Yew
Tandridge Yew./ Sally, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

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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
European Yew (Taxus baccata L.)
10.92 m (at the ground level, 2013, 2.)

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More than 1000 years old

Tandridge Yew in 2011
Tandridge Yew in 2011./ Robin Webster, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

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.


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 height of 0.3 m in 2013 was 11.04 m (1.), at this same year a very similar result was obtained at the ground level – 10.92 m (2).

It seems that Tandridge Yew has the largest girth of all the yew trees in the United Kingdom – if we count only the trees that have a single trunk.

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.


  1. Yew close to St. Peters church in Tandridge, Monumental Trees. Accessed on December 30, 2023
  2. Yew/Yews at Tandridge – churchyard England, Ancient Yew Group. Accessed on December 27, 2022
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