Beech Banks

About 200 years ago, farmers wanted to make bigger and better fields. So they made earth banks to show the edges of the fields.

They faced the banks with stones. Then they planted small beech saplings on top to make hedges.

But they didn’t always keep the new hedges cut short. Now the little saplings have grown into very big, old trees, called ‘veterans’.

Veteran trees make good homes for other living things.

Today people love the look of the beech banks. They protect and look after them, because they are a special part of the Quantocks Hills.