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Game Of Thrones Dark Hedges trees felled by Storm Gertrude

Published 29/01/2016

Farmers work to clear two 200-year-old beech trees that were uprooted and toppled over by the near hurricane force winds of Storm Gertrude
Farmers work to clear two 200-year-old beech trees that were uprooted and toppled over by the near hurricane force winds of Storm Gertrude
The Dark Hedges near Armoy, Co Antrim, were made famous by Game of Thrones (Northern Ireland Tourist Board/PA)
Two of the 200-year-old beech trees featured in Game Of Thrones as the Dark Hedges were uprooted and toppled by Storm Gertrude near Armoy, Co Antrim (Darren McNaughton/PA)

A spectacular tree-lined avenue which provided one of the backdrops for the hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has fallen victim to Storm Gertrude.

A number of trees making up the famous Dark Hedges in Co Antrim came down in the high winds that have battered Northern Ireland.

The beech trees were planted in the 18th century by a local family, the Stuarts, with the intent of creating a grand entrance to their nearby Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

Already one of the most photographed natural landmarks on the island of Ireland, the tourist attraction recently achieved global prominence after it appeared on the hit HBO series.

The Dark Hedges featured in Season Two of the award-winning TV hit.

Much of Game Of Thrones is shot in Northern Ireland, either on location or in studios in Belfast.

The Dark Hedges and other locations featured in the series have seen visitor numbers surge due to the growing popularity of Game Of Thrones tourist tours.

The road is likely to be closed to traffic for the remainder of Friday as Northern Ireland's Roads Service works to remove three fallen trees.

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