Use in chemotherapy
The English yew (taxus baccata) is often used in horticulture, mainly as hedges or topiary plants. Its young shoots contain a substance named baccatin, which can slow down the division of cancer cells and is used in chemotherapy.
Collection points in Amsterdam
The foundation Taxus voor Hoop is running nationwide collection points, six of which in Amsterdam, where residents can drop off their pruning waste until 31 August. Find a list of collection points here (select ‘Amsterdam’ in the scroll-down menu under ‘filter op plaats’).