World’s tallest beech
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!