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RE: Just how poisonous are Yew trees to people?

Subject: RE: Just how poisonous are Yew trees to people?
From: David Bailey
Date: May 01 2018 14:45:59
Big salad bowl of leaves!

That does seem an eminently sensible article!


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Subject: Re: Just how poisonous are Yew trees to people?

A better (uncropped) version of the PDF


On 01/05/2018 15:30, Jerry Ross wrote:
The question's been raised several times here - look in the archive
(http://www.tree-care.info/uktc/archive) and search for  'Toxicity of 
Yew', or 'Yew, effect on children'
Also, I don't suppose Brendan will mind me posting the attached



On 01/05/2018 14:51, Bettina Broadway-Mann wrote:
Dear All,
I've been asked to comment on whether some Yew trees on a soon to be 
re-built existing school site should be removed because of their 
potential to poison the children.

The school is likely to switch from being a mainstream comprehensive 
to a more specialist school for young, vulnerable children, and the 
education department are worried that the kids could pick up the 
berries and eat them and poison themselves.

I have the book 'Poisonous plants and Fungi' by MAFF, 1988, which 
states that fatal human poisoning has occurred after eating the 
leaves or fruits - it being the seed itself which release the 
alkoloid when chewed.

But no numbers on how many people a year actually die from Yew 
poisoning.

Does anyone have any up to date info that they can point me towards 
please?

many thanks
Bettina











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