Cotswold Life - - IN­SIDE - Pho­to­graph by Paul Ni­cholls, paulni­choll­spho­tog­ra­phy.com

John Rut­ter­ford and Oliver Mur­ray, foresters at the Bathurst Es­tate in Cirences­ter, are seen here us­ing a cherry picker to trim the 40ft high, 300-yearold gi­gan­tic yew hedge. Ev­ery year, the clip­pings are sold to phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies who use yew ex­tract as a key in­gre­di­ent of Do­c­etaxel, a chemo­ther­apy drug used mainly for breast, ovar­ian and lung cancer. It’s the tallest hedge in the world, and this view is taken from the top of the Parish Church of St John the Bap­tist in Mar­ket Place.

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