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The Natural Dark Hedges Phenomena in Ireland E-mail
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The Dark Hedges in County Antrim, Ireland is a beautifully eerie avenue of beech trees that were planted by the Stuart family back in the 1750s. That makes these gnarly trees almost 300 years old! The Stuart family's intent was to create a striking landscape to impress its visitors as they approached the entrance to their mansion, the Gracehill House. Now, the Dark Hedges has become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. You may notice the mystifying scene from the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," as it's served as a setting for the famous Kingsroad. It's hard to believe that up until 15 years ago, only locals knew about that spectacular road.

The Natural Dark Hedges Phenomena in Ireland

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Beautiful Green Grass Roofs In Norway E-mail
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Is this the way of going Go Green? I dont think so, First I think this is natural, but the Norwegians traditional type of green roof covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark on gently sloping wooden roof boards and this roof called sod roof or turf roof. The late 19th century, it was the most common roof on rural log houses in large parts of Norway. Its distribution roughly corresponds to the distribution of the log building technique in the vernacular architecture of Finland and the Scandinavian peninsula. The load of approximately 250 kg per m² of a sod roof is an advantage because it helps to compress the logs and make the walls more draught-proof. In winter the total load may well increase to 400 or 500 kg per m² because of snow. Sod is also a reasonably efficient insulator in a cold climate. The birch bark underneath ensures that the roof will be waterproof and long-lasting.

Beautiful Green Grass Roofs In Norway

The term ‘sod roof’ is somewhat misleading, as the active, water-tight element of the roof is birch bark. The main purpose of the sod is to hold the birch bark in place. The roof might just as well have been called a "birch bark roof", but its grassy outward appearance is the reason for its name in Scandinavian languages: Norwegian and Swedish torvtak, Icelandic torfþak.

A sod roof is well suited to a barter economy because the materials are ubiquitous and cost nothing, although the work is labour-intensive. But a household would usually have a lot of manpower, and neighbours would usually be invited to take part in the roofing party, similar to a barn raising in the United States. The Norwegian term dugnad denotes an established custom in rural communities, where large undertakings were accomplished with help from neighbours.

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