Trees & plants
We care for 25,000 hectares (61,776 acres) of woodland, 135 wild landscape sites and more than 200 gardens, and have as many wonderful stories to tell
The Giant Beech Tree
This multi-stemmed beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) at Plas Newydd House and Garden in Wales has the largest trunk of any beech tree in Britain, and is our tree of the month for July.
At home on the enchanting historic estate on the banks of the Menai Strait near Anglesey, for many visitors, this tree is just as magnificent as the estate's views of Snowdonia.
Beech trees have a long association with Plas Newydd. They were used by landscape designer Humphry Repton to create an area of trees and shrubs, known as the ‘Repton Clump’ 200 years ago. We replanted these trees in 2019 after the original trees were removed for safety reasons. Our gardeners assessed the condition of The Giant Beech Tree but decided that no major interventions were needed and it should be left to age gracefully.
During the 18th century, Repton was one of Britain’s best-loved landscape designers, often seen as the successor to Capability Brown, and we care for many parks and gardens influenced by him. He was known for blending the polished style of Capability Brown with the more naturalistic and dramatic landscapes of the so-called Picturesque Movement.
Plas Newydd's Head Gardener, Bill Warrell, says: ‘Of all the trees in spring and summer, the beech’s foliage is the most wonderful vibrant green. But its beautifully graceful branches, marvellous shape and smooth silver bark mean that, for me, this tree is striking all year round.’
- The Giant Beech Tree attracts lots of birds and red squirrels. The red squirrel population in Anglesey is now the largest in Wales and there are more than 100 thriving at Plas Newydd.
- In the autumn, squirrels feed on berries and nuts – including beech nuts – but the beech tree doesn't produce nuts until it's 40-60 years old.
- This tree is around 100 years old and most beech trees live until they are around 250.
Identify ancient trees
Learn how to spot an ancient tree with our handy guide.
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