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This page has information about tree diseases, forest closures and other news about public forests.

Armagh forests planning review meetings

A five-year management review of the forest areas in Armagh managed by the Forest Service (NI) is being carried out. You are invited to comment on the planning proposals for this or any other forest listed below.

The proposed plans will be available for viewing and discussion on:

  • Tuesday 12 August (10.30 am to 3.00 pm) in Slieve Gullion Forest main car park
  • Thursday 14 August (11.00 am to 6.00 pm) in Gosford Forest car park

The forests under review are:

Glenariff Forest Park - caravan and camp site reopened

The caravan and camp site at Glenariff Forest Park reopened on 11 July.

Ballypatrick Forest - Scenic Drive closed

The Scenic Drive is closed in Ballypatrick Forest, County Antrim.

Slieve Gullion Forest - tree disease

There is an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in Slieve Gullion Forest, County Armagh. For more information about tree disease, go to:

Moydamlaght Forest - tree disease

There is an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in Moydamlaght Forest, County Tyrone.

The forest is open to the public. Information about closures will be shown at forest entrances. To prevent the spread of the tree disease, visitors must observe all health and safety signs and forest signage with biosecurity advice.

For more information see 'Preventing the spread of tree disease':

Castlewellan Forest Park - tree disease

There is an outbreak of the larch tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, at Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down. Approximately 100 hectares of affected trees will be removed to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The forest remains open to the public. There will be restricted access to certain areas and paths in the forest. Visitors must observe all health and safety signs and other forest signage.

Before visiting the forest, you should be familiar with biosecurity guidelines which help prevent spreading this disease.

Tree disease

There is currently an outbreak of Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in Glenariff, Gortin Glen and Caledon forests. Timber harvesting work continues in these forests.

During this work, there are some restrictions on public access to the forest parks. Visitors should follow all health and safety advice on signage and observe biosecurity measures to help prevent spreading tree disease.

Preventing the spread of tree disease

Phytophthora lateralis, a plant disease that affects Lawson cypress trees, has been diagnosed for the first time in Northern Ireland on trees in Tollymore Forest Park, County Down. Users of the forest are asked to observe signage and remain on the way marked paths.

Visitors are asked to observe all health and safety signs and other signage providing information on bio-security measures required to help prevent the spread of this disease.

Further information on preventing the spread of tree disease can be found on the page below.