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Following the most recent Government announcement and as part of national measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Fota Wildlife Park has taken the decision to temporarily close its gates to the public from close of business on Friday 8th January 2021 for the foreseeable future

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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.