“The dark hedges”County Antrim

Lorsha Design

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“The dark hedges “

Lorshadesign Handpainted Devore velvet on Irish linen poled wallhanging collection 

 

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of large mature beech trees, which were planted by James Stuart to frame an avenue to his home. The trees were planted around 1775 when he built nearby Gracehill House. The trees are on both sides of the road, forming a “tunnel” that is between 6 and 10 meters in width.

The Stuart family planted the beech trees (about 150 of them!) with the goal to impress visitors arriving to the house. It reminded us a lot of the beautiful oak alleys you find at Oak Alley Plantation and many of the other River Road plantations in Louisiana USA. Today, the Dark Hedges (as they have become known) now stop just before the current gates of Gracehill House.