What we collect

We are interested in collecting clippings of one season’s growth from annually clipped plants.

We accept all forms of Taxus baccata (English yew) including golden and Irish forms. We can also collect the hybrid Taxus x media (Hicksii).

The compound (known as 10-Deacetylbaccatin III) 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. This is therefore why we are looking for the single season’s growth, removed in the annual clipping.

Unfortunately, we are not able to take material from either unclipped trees or material from plants which have not been clipped in recent years and have older woody growth. Levels of the compound are lower and mean that extraction would not be worthwhile.