TRIMMING THE WORLD’S BIGGEST YEW HEDGE IS A RIGHTEOUS PAIN

Groundskeeper Jason Buckton trims the world’s tallest hedge on the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester, England.PETER MACDIARMID/REDUX

By AFP, August 4, 2017 

THE WORLD’S LARGEST yew hedge stands on a historic estate in the tiny village of Cirencester, England. It measures 40 feet tall, 30 feet across at its widest point and 450 feet long from end to end. And every August, it gets a great big haircut.

It took groundskeepers Jason Buckton and John Rutterford 10 days to trim the gargantuan hedge ringing Bathurst Estate. Leaning out of a blue cherry picker, the men used electric hedgers to clip clip clip away roughly 50,000 square feet of greenery. Nearly one ton of clippings fell in great piles across the sheeting laid out to catch them below.

Allen Bathurst, the hedge owner and ninth earl of Bathurst, enjoys watching the operation from his window each year.

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