One of the ‘Dark Hedges’ tumbles in high winds

ONE of the trees at the famous ‘Dark Hedges’ near Armoy tumbled in the high winds over the weekend.

The line of trees was put firmly on the tourist map after featuring in TV series Game of Thrones.

Gales of up to 60mph swept across Northern Ireland.

One of the trees at the Dark Hedges, a tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road near Armoy, came down during the turbulent weather.

The trees have become an an international tourist attraction since featuring in the hit series Game of Thrones.

The Stuart family planted the trees more than 200 years ago along the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion.

About 150 were planted by James Stuart, but time has taken its toll over the centuries and now fewer than two thirds remain standing.

The Dark Hedges became a huge draw for tourists and TV fans after they appeared, albeit very briefly, in the closing scene of one episode of Game of Thrones.

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”.

Trees fell across north Antrim including at Kennelbridge Road near Ballymena and Springmount Road at Clough.

Other affected areas included Ahoghill, Ballycastle and Glenshesk.

Power was also off for a time including in Portstewart.

PICTURES: KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA AND NORTH EAST NEWS.

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