Stockeld Park has been supplying Doncaster based company, Friendship Estates, with clippings from our Maze which is made up of 2 miles of 8 foot high Yew Trees since 2012.
Friendship Estates collects yew hedge clippings from houses and gardens throughout Great Britain. Yew is known to be poisonous, but research carried out initially in the 1960’s found that yew contains a chemical (known as 10-Deacetylbaccatin III) which is effective in treating various forms of cancer.
Once collected and dried out, Friendship Estates then supply the pharmaceutical industry with the raw material for cancer treatments such as;
Paclitaxel (Taxol ®) – a chemotherapy drug used to treat different cancers including ovarian, breast and non-small cell lung cancer.
Docetaxel (Taxotere ®) – a chemotherapy drug used to treat different cancers including breast, prostate, non-small cell lung cancer, stomach and head and neck cancer.
How you can help
Friendship Estates are always on the look out for individuals and businesses who can supply a single season’s growth from an annual clipping of their Yew Tree hedges. This is because the useful compound is found at the highest levels in the fresh growth of plants which are clipped every year. The annual clipping stimulates the production of higher levels of the compound than in unclipped plants.
Clippings are usually collected from July – October. If you are interested in supplying your clippings then you can get in touch with Friendship Estates via their website www.friendshipestates.co.uk
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