Yew tree on my allotment

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johndengle

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Yew tree on my allotment
« on: June 19, 2013, 22:00 »
Help!

I've taken over an allotment for the first time this year and there is a Yew tree approx 10-15 ft high right next to a crown of Rhubarb and the compost heap. I've been told I can cut it down by the secretary of the association but how do I go about it? Any advice?

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 22:05 »
yew is toxic so can the association get rid of this. if not mask and glove an cut down and remove to recycling centre, do not burn any part.

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 22:10 »
I'm not sure you need to take any very special precautions.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=729

A mask is a good idea and don't eat any ;)
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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 22:36 »
Many thanks both - I knew I'd get an answer. This is going to be a job for the autumn but this much appreciated all the same  :)

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 21:46 »
if not removing roots, bang some copper nails into it.

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 06:30 »
Or drill some holes in the stump and fill with root-out.

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 06:37 »
They use yew prunings to make a cancer drug,you can have prunings collected if you have enough,not sure who you contact though. Just gurgled it & found this
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/cancer-questions/yew-clippings-to-make-chemotherapy
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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2013, 15:15 »
What a shame... Yew is very slow growing and can live for thousands of years......
Seems heartless and shortsighted to cut it down for a fleeting convenience....Learn to  live with it.

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Re: Yew tree on my allotment
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2013, 16:53 »
No... I disagree Stree!

On an allotment plot an yew tree is a WEED.  Remove it !



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