World’s tallest beech

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

The Meik­leour Beech Hedge, com­pris­ing dozens of spec­i­mens of Euro­pean beech (Fa­gus syl­vat­ica), is sit­u­ated four miles south of Blair­gowrie, in Perth and Kin­ross. It is ac­knowl­edged as the tallest beech hedge in the world, and the long­est hedge (of any species) in Bri­tain. It is 1,742ft (530m) – that’s one-third of a mile – long, and 100ft (30m) high.

It is be­lieved that the men who planted this hedge, in 1745, were called to fight in the Ja­co­bite Re­bel­lion, and none of them re­turned alive. In trib­ute, the trees were al­lowed to grow, and the hedge acts as a liv­ing memo­rial to them.

In the past, the hedge was trimmed around once ev­ery 10 years. This au­tumn the own­ers were told that it would cost around £90,000 to trim it – its first cut in 18 years!

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