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Editor's Viewpoint: Hedging our bets

Published 01/11/2012

It is among the most photographed sites in Northern Ireland, yet scarcely does it ever feature in local tourism literature.

The Dark Hedges, a natural archway of intertwining beech trees near Ballymoney, is an astonishing site, a natural development to rival even the Giant's Causeway. Photographers from around the world agree as the landscape feature has appeared in all sorts of global publications.

But thankfully now the trees are to have their own protectors - a preservation fund set up to ensure that they endure. Often we don't fully appreciate our heritage, but here is one living monument that has struck a chord and received a positive reaction. Now all we need are some signs to tell visitors how to get to Stranocum to view it.

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