The Meikleour Beech Hedge.
This hedge, on the border of the Meikleour Estate between Perth and Blairgowrie in Scotland, is believed to have been planted in the Autumn of 1874. It has officially been recorded since 1966 as the worlds tallest hedge. It is aroximately 580 yards long with an average hieght of 100 ft. Being over 120 ft at the North end and over 80 ft at the South. It was laid out by Jean Mercer and her husband, Robert Murray Nairne on the Marquess of Lansdowne's Meikleour estate. It is said the hedge grows towards the heavens because the men who planted it were killed at the Battle of Culloden. A local story also says there is one tree in in the hedge for every man from that area killed at Culloden. Shortly after, Robert Murray Nairne was killed in that battle, and his wife had to leave their Meikleour Estate to seek safety in Edinburgh.
The hedge is cared for by Meikleour Trust. It is cut and measured every 10 years, by a team of 4 men using a hydraulic platform and hand held equipment. it takes them 6 weeks.
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