The world’s tallest yew hedge, on the Bathurst estate in the Cotswolds, has just received its annual trim.

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Bathurst Estate hedge ©Peter McDiarmid

©Peter MacDiarmid / London News Pictures

Tidying the 300-year-old, 40ft-tall, 150ft-wide hedge is a two-man job that takes 12 days.

The clippings – this year amounting to nearly a ton – are used to produce a life-saving cancer drug called taxol.

You can visit and see for yourself – the public are welcome every day of the year at the estate and entry is free.

There are even holiday cottages on the property if you fancy a longer stay. And if you book a week in early September, chances are you’ll see the hedge-cutting for yourself.

Bathurst Estate hedge

Bathurst Estate hedge

Aerial view of the Bathurst Estate with mansion house surrounded by the world s highest yew hedge

Bathurst Estate hedge

Bathurst Estate hedge

The huge yew hedge forms a 40ft high boundary between the Bathurst Estate and Cirencester town centre

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