A giant V formed by trees planted to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria has been a feature of the Downs in Sussex for more than 125 years.

The stunning feature, made up of some 3,000 trees, is between Ditchling and Lewes.

The trees were planted in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's 60th year on the throne - when she was then the longest serving monarch.

The V of trees looks remarkable from aboveThe V of trees looks remarkable from above (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The trees have been a proud symbol ever since, only being cut back during the Second World War, and have grown into a landmark. 

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It was deemed too easy for bombers to spot from the air during the war, but was also useful for British pilots who would know they were over the South Downs. 

At the time of planting in 1887, the cost was £12, 10 shillings and fourpence, which is the equivalent to around £1,300 today.

The V of trees in the South DownsThe V is made up of 3,000 trees (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

People who want to get up close to the V can walk the Jubilee Pathway from Westmeston.

Walkers can also see it after a short stroll east from Ditchling Beacon.