About the Yew

Found at a number of locations around the Park, Yew has important medicinal uses for mankind.

Most parts of the tree are poisonous but its leaves are used to produce an anti-cancer drug, while the flesh of its berries can be used as a laxative and diuretic.

The male Yew tree produces cones - like most conifers – whereas a bright red and eye-catching berry grows on the female plant from early September.

Long associated with and planted near graveyards, Yew is a symbol of immortality and is able to rejuvenate itself with the trees living for up to 1,000 years.

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The impetus for the development of the Asia Sanctuary is to enhance the Wildlife Park to become an iconic international visitor attraction.

The concept of the development will be in line with the existing unique open nature of the Wildlife Park but will be designed to give this new development an authentic Asian ambiance.

Phase 1: Asian Forestry June 2014

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Phase 2: Asian Wetlands June 2015

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210

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Phase 3: Asian Plains June 2016

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