Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Cllr Wilson said

“I welcome the Department for Infrastructure ruling entitled The Control of Traffic (“The Dark Hedges”) Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 (S.R. 2017 No. 208). This new ruling will come into operation on 30 October 2017.

The Order will prohibit the use by vehicles of a length of the C102, Breagagh Road, Armoy and the use by buses of a length of the U65, Chatham Road, Armoy and a length of the U64, Doughery Brae, Armoy.

He added “The iconic Dark Hedges which is a tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road, near Armoy, has become a major international tourist attraction, the site has become a victim of it’s own success seeing thousands of cars and coaches using the road on an annual basis, causing irreparable damage to the natural phenomenon.

The Beech trees were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stuart family, who created a tree-lined avenue along the entrance to their house known as Gracehill mansion.

About 150 were planted by local man James Stewart, but time and traffic has taken its toll over the years and now, fewer than two thirds remain standing.

Hopefully these new measures will help protect the remaining trees for future generations to enjoy while causing minimal disruption to local access.”

Copies of this rule may be obtained by requesting a copy from:

Department for Infrastructure
Transport Legislation
Room 301
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street

or viewed online at:


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