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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 423
 Date Entered 07/01/2012
 Updated on 08/01/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 30/07/2010
 Location New Forest CP. Kexwith Beck East Bank Scar.
 Civil Parish New Forest
 Brit. National Grid NZ 05440 05633
 Altitude 375m
 Geology Sheer cliff formed by the main limestone and talus slope below.
 Record Name New Forest CP. Relict woodland with ancient yews on Kexwith Beck East Bank Scar. Part One.
 Record Description 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.
 Geographical area Swaledale North Bank Catchment
 Additional Notes Photographed on a dull day and not all the photos below do fairly reflect the real scenic value of this fine cliff or the detail and dimensions of the ancient yews! Better photographs to follow when available. These photographs are now available as part Two of this Record, on HER 424. The high east facing cliff above the west bank of Kexwith Beck to be recorded separately. The tree ring sections photographed, taken from fallen dead branch material, 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 1964         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Kexwith East Bank Scar, photographed from the northern end.
 Image 2 ID 1965         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The Scar, southern section.
 Image 3 ID 1966         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Scar, central section with landslip.
 Image 4 ID 1967         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Northern Section with very large yews.
 Image 5 ID 1968         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Southern section with yews and remains of fallen yews.
 Image 6 ID 1969         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Northern Section of Scar.Very large yew with exposed root system.
 Image 7 ID 1970         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Northern Section of Scar.Very large yew with exposed root system.
 Image 8 ID 1971         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Northern Section of Scar.Very large yew with exposed root system. Wych elm below yew.
 Image 9 ID 1972         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Kexwith East Scar, Northern Section. Very large yew as last, detail.
 Image 10 ID 1976         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Kexwith East Scar, Central Section. Tree ring section.
 Image 11 ID 1977
 Image 11 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. NZ05424, 05681. 371m AOD. Dead yew on scree section.
 Image 12 ID 1978
 Image 12 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. NZ05424, 05681. 371m AOD. Dead yew on scree section.
 Image 13 ID 1979
 Image 13 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. NZ05424, 05681. 371m AOD. Dead yew on scree section.
 Image 14 ID 1980
 Image 14 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. NZ05424, 05681. 371m AOD. Dead yew on scree section.
 Image 15 ID 1981
 Image 15 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Central section. Very large yew.
 Image 16 ID 1974
 Image 16 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Central section. Very large yew. Detail
 Image 17 ID 1982
 Image 17 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Central section. Very large yew. Detail
 Image 18 ID 1983
 Image 18 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. southern section. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 19 ID 1984
 Image 19 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. southern section. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 20 ID 1985
 Image 20 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. southern section. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 21 ID 1986
 Image 21 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 22 ID 1987
 Image 22 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 23 ID 1988
 Image 23 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 24 ID 1989
 Image 24 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 25 ID 1990
 Image 25 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Extreme southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 26 ID 1991
 Image 26 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. Extreme southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
 Image 27 ID 1992
 Image 27 Description Kexwith Beck Scar. extreme southern end of scar. Remains of large yew on cliff.
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