Iconic Dark Hedges Trees to Undergo Essential Safety Works
20 Nov, 2023
Six trees along the renowned Dark Hedges, a mesmerizing avenue of beech trees in Northern Ireland immortalized in the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, are set to be removed due to safety concerns.
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) announced that "essential tree safety works" will commence at the site on Bregagh Road next week. These measures, deemed crucial to safeguard public safety, will involve removing six trees and conducting remedial work on four others.
The Dark Hedges, a captivating natural spectacle, has grown into a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from around the globe to marvel at its enchanting canopy of intertwined branches. However, a recent survey revealed that the majority of these trees are in a deteriorating state, posing a potential risk to passersby.
"The decision to remove these trees has not been taken lightly," stated a DfI spokesperson. "The safety of road users and pedestrians is paramount. We will continue to engage with landowners to develop a management strategy for the long-term health of the remaining trees."
The works, scheduled to begin on November 20th, will require the temporary closure of Bregagh Road to both vehicles and pedestrians. The DfI has assured the public that they will remain informed of any schedule changes and work diligently to complete the project as efficiently as possible.
The removal of these six trees, though necessary, undoubtedly brings a tinge of sadness. However, it is imperative to prioritize safety and ensure the preservation of this natural wonder for generations to come.
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