Work commences on heritage yew hedge

Young plants propagated from ancient and threatened yew trees and collected from locations around the world are being used to create a "unique heritage hedge and important conservation resource" at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The hedge will be created using 2,000 small Taxus baccata planted along a 1km stretch around the perimeter of the botanic gardens over 10 years.

At the heart of the project are progenies of the 3,000-year-old Fortingall yew, which stands in Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

Around 20 per cent of the hedge will comprise of plants that have been grown from heritage trees. The remainder will be sourced from populations worldwide where the Taxus genus is listed nationally as a threatened species.


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