People have long flocked to Northern Ireland to explore the enchanting Dark Hedges, but the scenic appearance of the second season of Game of Thrones really made the tourist attraction on the map. However, visitors going down the "Kingsroad" this week may not notice. After The Independent strong winds uprooted one of the famous Ballymoney beech trees, which have been a prominent feature of the city since the 18th century.
Although it seemed robust enough, the tree was obviously not equivalent to the 60km / h gusts sweeping through the area last weekend. The Dark Hedges are located along Bregagh Road, near the entrance to Gracehill House Manor. It is believed that the original owner, James Stuart, planted the hedges around 1
Of the approximately 240 beech trees originally planted 240 years ago, about 60 remained. @PatrickDCregg The Woodland Trust told me. #pensionertrees #GoT
Game of Thrones: Dark Hedgehog Falls in Strong Wind https://t.co/7NZGTjuesp[19659002-Ann-MarieFoster(@AnnMarieCFoster) January 27, 2019  The eerily beautiful place appeared in the first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones in which Arya Stark escapes from King's Landing. In the wake of the show's popularity, local authorities had to ban traffic to prevent damage to the road and tree roots.
The trees are getting older, and in ten years they might be gone. "They're at the end of their lives," said Paddy Cregg of the BBC's Woodland Trust. "Normally, beeches survive about 250 years. You are probably now 240 years old. "
In other words, the trees are in their late seventies in human years," says dendrochronologist David Brown of the BBC. So, if you want to see the kingsroad in person, it's better to start planning itineraries.  [h/t The Independent]