UK: Imagine what the world would look like if we didn’t prune trees so much?

In the Tree Garden of Kilravock Castle is what looks like a giant
octopus. Called a layering beech, its limbs snake out from a sturdy
trunk and bend to the ground where they have taken root before
twisting skywards.

More than 300-years-old, it is classed as “extremely rare” in the Forestry Commission’s list of Heritage Trees. It would have been relatively young at the time Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the castle in the days before the Battle of Culloden. The castle and its grounds lie a few miles east of Culloden Moor.

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