The Yew Hedge by Martin Gardner from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh tells the fascinating story of some remarkable native forests and heritage trees of the European yew (Taxus baccata) located in the UK and overseas. The progeny of the trees have been planted to form a unique conservation hedge which now surrounds the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It comprises of almost 2,000 trees collected from 16 countries where they are threatened.
Martin Gardner worked for 25 years at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is an expert on conservation, for which he was awarded an MBE in 2013. His work has taken him to over 30 countries to study and collect research materials of threatened conifers and other associated species.