23 December 2012

Gower Yews

Yews (Taxus baccata) are a frequent sight in churches and cemeteries throughout the UK. The National Champion stands at Ashbrittle Parish Church in Somerset and has a girth of 11.59m. At 11.28m, the Welsh Champion at Discoed in Powys is the UK’s second largest Yew. In Gower we’ve only measured a handful of Yews to date and the largest we’ve come across is a tree in Llanrhidian Church that has a girth of 6.31m. I'm sure others have looked before us and undoubtedly there are bigger trees around, so we’d be interested to hear if you know of any good examples of these living historical monuments.

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