Stockeld Park’s Summer Adventure is well underway and the Yew Tree Maze has been given its seasonal clip to maintain its shape and form.
Twice a year the mountain of cuttings are collected by Friendship Estates to provide vital ingredients for cancer-fighting drugs.
Yew is known to be poisonous, but research carried out found that Yew contains a chemical which is effective in treating various forms of cancer.
The maze has provided 3,340 kg of clippings so far this year.
Peter Grant, owner of Stockeld Park, said: “It is fantastic that the cuttings are being used for such a great cause instead of compost.”