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New plans to ban traffic at the Game of Thrones Dark Hedges

Published 12/08/2016

The Dark Hedges have attracted huge attention since being featured in Game of Thrones
The Dark Hedges have attracted huge attention since being featured in Game of Thrones

Visitors to the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones, could soon be banned from driving through it.

The scene was made famous as the King’s Road in the hit drama Game of Thrones but there have been calls to do more to protect the trees.

Trees fallen at the Dark Hedges after Storm Gertrude swept across Northern Ireland. The trees made famous by the HBO series Game of Thrones, have collapsed onto the Bregagh Road near Armoy.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Trees fallen at the Dark Hedges after Storm Gertrude swept across Northern Ireland. The trees made famous by the HBO series Game of Thrones, have collapsed onto the Bregagh Road near Armoy. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude.
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - January 29th, Pictured is trees down at the Dark Hedges on the 29th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - January 29th, Pictured is trees down at the Dark Hedges on the 29th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees at the Dark Hedges, the now-famous Game of Thrones film location, have been uprooted by Storm Gertrude. January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - January 29th, Pictured is trees down at the Dark Hedges on the 29th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott )
Trees fallen at the Dark Hedges after Storm Gertrude hit Northern Ireland. The trees made famous by Game of Thrones, collapsed onto the Bregagh Road near Armoy. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Trees fallen at the Dark Hedges after Storm Gertrude hit Northern Ireland. The trees made famous by Game of Thrones, collapsed onto the Bregagh Road near Armoy. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Trees fallen at the Dark Hedges after Storm Gertrude hit Northern Ireland. The trees made famous by Game of Thrones, collapsed onto the Bregagh Road near Armoy. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The Department of Infrastructure said they are working with Causeway Coast and glens Borough Council on plans to prohibit vehicles from using the Bregagh Road, between Ballinlea Road and Ballykenver Road.

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A Department spokesperson said: “Following discussions with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and other interested parties, the Department has agreed to take forward an Order prohibiting vehicles from using Bregagh Road, between Ballinlea Road and Ballykenver Road (The Dark Hedges).

“This proposal is currently in the early stages of consultation and it is intended that Notice of Intention to make the Order will be published in the Autumn.”

Local UUP Councillor Darryl Wilson said this was "about time".

He said: "Lack of action has unfortunately caused irreparable damage. Hopefully a replanting programme will also take place."

Earlier this year, two of the trees were ripped up in Storm Gertrude and there were concerns that the influx of visitors to the site were causing damage to the ancient trees.

Dark Hedges Preservation Trust chairman Mervyn Storey said up to 100 people visited the attraction every day and urged those people to park their cars and walk to the hedges to enjoy them properly.

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