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- Prior to the C17th, the term only referred to the approach to a building that was lined with trees. Latterly, it applied to any tree lined road, path or way. A very popular feature after the restoration of the monarchy, following the Dutch and French fashion. Regarded as unfashionably stiff and formal by the C18th landscape and picturesque movements. Re-popularised in the C19th and used to good effect with the new exotic species such as Wellingtonia and Douglas Fir.