A tree made popular by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones has fallen in strong winds. Gale force winds of up to 60 mph hit Northern Ireland overnight on Saturday. The Dark Hedges are a subway of beech trees on the Bregagh Road close to Armoy that have turned into an international tourist attraction since featuring in the hit series.
The trees were originally planted by the Stuart family along the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion. Over the decades, the branches grew over the road and became tangled and entwined, creating a covered subway with something of an unearthly feel.
Originally, there were about 150 trees, but time has taken its toll and now only about 90 remain. Paddy Cregg, from the Woodland Trust, told BBC News NI that the trees date back to 1775 and by beech tree standards; they were “old aged pensioners”.
He added: “They are coming to the end of their life, normally beech trees survive around 250 years, they are probably now 240 years old.
“It’s sad to see that one by one they are actually falling”.
Source: BBC NEWS