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The root of the problem

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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THE CHAIR of the Dark Hedges Preservation Trust has challenged claims that the Trust and other bodies don't care about damage being caused to the iconic trees by the swarms of tourists visiting the site every day.
Mr Mervyn Storey MLA was responding to concerns expressed by a local resident, who sent pictures to the Chronicle showing large roots exposed, many with signs of damage.
“Why aren't the people in charge of the trees doing something?" the man asked adding that the road should be closed to tourists, but not local people.
Responding, Mr Storey expressed his own frustration at delays in relation to road closure proposals and parking issues.
Citing bureaucratic processes, he told the Chronicle that, "nothing could be further from the truth that there is nothing going on."
The concerned resident said: "Roots are exposed in more than one place and are being damaged and broken by people and cars driving up onto the verge. There's lumps of barbed wire grown into the trees, the remains of the old fence. Does anyone really care what is happening? Why aren't the people in charge of the trees doing something?" he asked.
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