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Poisoning risk from Yew Tree for children with Special Needs

Poisoning risk from Yew Tree for children with Special Needs
Posted by: Jess Mackay (IP Logged)
Date: August 14, 2019 10:24


Good morning,

I have read all the posts I could find on the forum, including this one: [www.tree-care.info]. Views are conflicting as to whether a Yew is safe or not to have on school grounds.

We have a Yew in our grounds, and our current Risk Assessment has been informed by the County Council Health & Safety Team, as well as the Early Years Team. It states that children will be monitored, told not to put things into their mouths, and tell an adult if they are not sure what something is. BUT, new children are now arriving with a diagnosis of Autism. These children will be using the garden where the Yew is located, and we have been advised that they will put any object or substance into their mouths.

The children will each have an adult supporting them, but it is still not guaranteed that we can remove the risk. As there is a possibility that severe harm could occur, we will have to consider removing the Yew.

What is your view?

Many thanks.

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|  Poisoning risk from Yew Tree for children with Special Needs Jess Mackay 14/08/2019 10:24
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