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Beech Avenue

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Published on Sep 26, 2011

Planted in 1739 by Sir Henry Slingsby to line the short walk from the Old Inn to the Petrifying Well & Mothershipton's Cave.

They are now one of the largest collections of oldest and tallest beeches in the country.

The famous beeches are such a good example that despite them being so old; Their details are held on file by the forestry commission as a source of breeding seed.

Unusually, because of the gorge, the trees have grown extremely straight, fighting each other for the light.

Sadly over the years some of the original planted in 1739 have died of old age, become weak or diseased and have either fallen down in gales or have had to be cut down.

Unfortunately, on September the 14th 2011 there was no choice but to fell another of these magnificent trees.

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