Our tree of the month – The Mighty Yew.

Known to most of us as the Yew tree, Taxus Baccata is one of the most revered and intriguing trees in the world, an evergreen conifer that can live for thousands of years, it’s one of the longest-living tree species on Earth, distinguished by its dense, dark green leaves, scarlet berries, and patchy bark. One of the most notable features of the Yew tree is its ability to regenerate. Even when the tree is cut down or damaged, it can produce new growth from its base, contributing to its remarkable lifespan.

In bygone times, the Yew was considered sacred and holds a significant place in both history and mythology. Often planted near burial grounds and used in religious ceremonies, ‘cemetery trees’ are thought to symbolise eternal life and resurrection. it’s therefore not surprising the Yew tree is one of the most common tree found in British graveyards.

Beyond its religious and mythological symbolism, the Yew tree also offers medical uses. Taxanes, found in the tree’s bark, leaves, and seeds, fight cancer. The chemotherapeutic medication paclitaxel (Taxol), produced from the Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia), has helped treat breast and ovarian cancer. It’s not all good news though…. Yew trees can be harmful, most of the tree components with the exception of the fleshy part of the berry, contain deadly alkaloids that can cause severe illness and fatality in extreme circumstances. 

It will probably grow faster than you think it will! While this tree has a slow-growing reputation at maturity, younger plants are much more aggressive, growing a metre in less than three years making it a great option for a hedge. It’s quick to get started and only needs to be cut once each year.

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Laura Hanna
Laura Hanna
10/11/2023
Can't speak highly enough of this team. Professional, experienced, polite etc etc. 4th time they've been to me ( I don't live in a forest , just got lots of large unruly trees). Ryan and Calum did an amazing job on them. No complaints as they ploughed through all my requests in the pouring rain. Mustn't forget Kate in the office and Billy who leads the team. All of them are fantastic. If you need any tree work Evoke are the only ones to call. Thanks guys . Photo before and after on the front hedge
Sarah Ashton
Sarah Ashton
02/11/2023
Evoke are fantastic. From first enquiry to end of the job everything has been easy and professional. They’ve done a great job on our trees and left everything clean and tidy including at our neighbours. Highly recommend!
Simon Heath
Simon Heath
20/10/2023
I've used Evoke Tree Services for crown reduction to my large oak tree, hedge trimming, ivy removal and now log supplies. I will continue to use them as their customer service and attention to detail is second to none. Billy and the team are brilliant and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking a service they provide. Thanks Evoke!
Jessica Belfield
Jessica Belfield
19/08/2023
Evoke Tree Services excels in communication. Their clear guidance through the process and requirements has been invaluable. The tree surgeons were punctual, highly professional, and transformed our garden, leaving it even cleaner than before.
Jo Harris
Jo Harris
21/07/2023
Second time using Yvoke and can't be more pleased. The business is knowledgeable and reputable. The last couple of days the guys have been hard at work, they are professional, polite and so hard-working and left my garden super clean. They worked so hard. Could not be more pleased - thanks all and see you next time.
Jim Cremin
Jim Cremin
19/07/2023
We were delighted by the work Evoke did on our hedge. This was a significant pruning but was done with care and commonsense. It resulted in a job that was superb - and looked better than anticipated. Their professionalism was appreciated; we can highly recommend the company. Jim
colin barrett
colin barrett
26/06/2023
Awesome service. Awesome workmanship. Will definitely use them again.
Jill Knight
Jill Knight
17/05/2023
We have used Evoke for our tree work for several years. As always, a very well-done job from start to finish, including the initial visit and obtaining the appropriate permissions from the WHC. All the trees were pruned as requested to a very good shape and the site was cleared of all rubbish.
Anthony Earnshaw
Anthony Earnshaw
16/05/2023
Great service.. quick and v polite and friendly
Daniel H
Daniel H
28/04/2023
Good service, provided by nice staff. The team handled the application process required for the removal of a number of very large lleyandii, plus the removal and stump grinding. Even dealing with having to work around a large amount of waste material and old fencing from previous owners.