Local Botanic Garden

Oxford's Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission "To promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature". The oldest tree in the Garden is an English Yew planted in 1645. Although at the time they were not planted for their medicinal properties, yew trees now provide the raw material for two important cancer drugs, paclitaxel (taxol) and docetaxel (taxotere).

The magic of trees can be enjoyed in many images and also from the fact that the oldest species in the garden also offers life saving remedies.

Photo credits: Lita Doolan.

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