Meikleour Beech Hedge: the Guinness Record holder for largest hedge in the world is a verdant Scottish bulwark.
The Meikleour Beech Hedge, located near the village of Meikleour, in Scotland, measures 30 meters (98 feet) in height, making it the tallest hedge in the world.
Planted in 1745, it now lies alongside the A93 Perth-Blairgowrie Road and can be viewed all year round. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world, and is most impressive to behold during Spring, when the young green leaves reflect the light, as well as in Fall, when the trees turn russet and gold.
The hedge was planted by Jean Mercer and her husband, Robert Murray Nairne (who was later killed at the Battle of Culloden) on the Marquess of Lansdowne’s Meikleour estate. According to the legend, the trees grow towards the heavens because the men who planted it were killed at the Battle of Culloden itself, the last confrontation of the Jacobite uprising, in 1745. None of them returned alive. In tribute the trees were allowed to grow and the hedge acts as a living landmark to them.
Every ten years or so, the hedge is trimmed as part of a complex operation that usually takes a team of four men around six weeks to complete. They are lifted up high with hydraulic lifters, and they use handheld cutters to manually trim the branches.
Measuring one third of a mile long (530 m), the Meikleour Beech Hedge is also the longest hedge in Britain. Anyone looking to visit the hedge could be forgiven for missing it, as it looks not unlike a tall, well-kept row of trees….
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