The monumental beech may be found in the village of Lazy near the road from Kynžvart to Kostelní Bříza at an elevation of 807 metres. It is a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) planted in the 1800’s and it is said to be the most beautiful tree in Slavkovský les (Slavkov Forest). According to latest measurements (from 2003) the girth is 588 centimetres and its height is 22 metres. It is a solitary and quite imposing tree with its intertwined branches. At the height of approximately 1.5 metres, the main trunk is divided into three main and quite bulky branches, which in fact are newly formed, independent trunks. The beech has been subject to protection since 1995. In the 2nd year of the Tree of the Year public poll, the Shepherd's Beech ended second with 5,783 votes, only 281 behind the winning beech standing by a church in Jihlava.
The nearest bike route is cycle route No. 2136, which you will leave at the cross-road in Horní Lazy and ride down into the village. You will find the tree behind the last house in Lazy in the direction of Kostelní Bříza. If you do not want to jump over the fence, it is best to walk around the house from the right. No path leads to the tree and it is not accessible on a bike. An information board is located near the fence to the left from the house.
The legend says that the beech grew from a crook of an old shepherd who stuck it in the ground. Far back, in the times when shepherds drove their herds through the countryside, a shepherd led his herd to a sizeable pasture above the village. He was sitting in his favourite spot, gazing at the picturesque countryside, when all of a sudden dark clouds quickly covered the sky and a storm was coming. The shepherd stuck his crook in the ground and hasted to bring together his herd. The next day, he returned to the pasture and to his great surprise, he saw that the crook he had left stuck in the ground was bursting into leaf. He decided to leave it there. A magnificent beech grew from the shepherd's crook with a wide-spreading crown of interlaced branches.