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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 424
 Date Entered 08/01/2012
 Updated on 08/01/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 04/10/2010
 Location Kexwith Beck. East Bank Scar Part 2
 Civil Parish New Forest
 Brit. National Grid NZ 05440 05633
 Altitude 375m
 Geology Sheer cliff formed by the Main Limestone with landslip and scree below.
 Record Name Kexwith Beck.Relict woodland with yews on East Bank Scar Part 2
 Record Description As mentioned on the previous Part One of this Woodland Site Record, the photographs used were taken underdull conditions and have not reflected the landscape quality of this fine cliff to advantage. Accordingly this series of photographs is intended to provide a more aequate photographic record of the woodland on this cliff. The photographs are presented in sequence as: 1.of the whole cliff, 2. the northern Section, 3. the central section and 4. the southern section. Text all as for part One: This west facing well vegetated limestone scar extends for a distance of approximately 250m southward from the drystone wall which marks the upper limit of the walled pastures of Kexwith Farm. The woodland includes a number of very large and ancient yews which are alive and in good health. Of particular interest are the skeletal petrified remains of yews, long since dead which also survive both as remnants on the cliff face and as fallen trees on the scree below. These remains provide the opportunity for tree ring samples and counting, see photos. Other trees present include wych elms (mostly dead but with some regeneration with young saplings springing from from old stumps, and several large ash trees on the cliff. Surprisingly, hazel, holly and bird cherry are absent - perhaps reflecting the exposure and altitude of this cliff.
 Dimensions Approximately 250 m
 Geographical area Swaledale North Bank Catchment
 Additional Notes Whereas the photographs on previous Record 423 were all taken on a dull day, the photos below were taken on a fine october day and fairly reflect the real scenic value of this fine cliff. Please see the previous record for details and dimensions of the ancient yews! The high east facing cliff above the opposite, west bank of Kexwith Beck to be recorded separately. The tree ring sections photographed, see Record 423, were taken from fallen dead branch material below the northern and southern sections of the cliff. They show growth rates which vary from of 1.0-2.5 rings per mm. It should be remembered however that these yew samples are from yews which enjoyed a modicum of shelter on the face of the cliff. Tree ring sections from the most exposed yews at the top edge would show a slower rate of growth. Several of the multistemmed yews exceed 1m in diameter and th abe of these yews will be very great. Our grateful thanks are extended to Mr R. Ridley of Kexwith Farm for permission to access and record the trees at Kexwith Beck Scars.
 Image 1 ID 1994         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Kexwith Beck. East Bank Scar. Limestone woodland with yews an wych elm.
 Image 2 ID 1995         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 3 ID 1996         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 4 ID 1997         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Kexwith Beck. East Bank Scar. The northern section with several yews, including at least one exceptionally large yew with exposed root system, and wych elm, alive and skeletal remains of dead elms from the Dutch Elm Disease.
 Image 5 ID 1998         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 6 ID 1999         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 7 ID 2000         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 8 ID 2001         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Kexwith Beck. East Bank Scar. The Central section with many fine yews, including one very large yew and the petrified remains of cliff yews long dead.
 Image 9 ID 2002         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 10 ID 2003         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 11 ID 2004         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 12 ID 2005         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. East bank, Southern section with cliff yews alive and dead.
 Image 13 ID 2006         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 14 ID 2007         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description Skeletal remains of a fallen yew with remnant of an even older fallen burred wych elm caught in the fork
 Image 15 ID 2008         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 16 ID 2009         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 17 ID 2010         Click image to enlarge
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