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

Lough Navar Forest - Scenic Drive re-opened

(26 January 2015)

Lough Navar Forest Scenic Drive has been re-opened. It had been closed due to bad weather conditions.

Knockmany Forest - tree disease

(21 January 2015)

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

The lower car park will be closed for a short period between 10 - 24 February while 170 infected trees, located nearby, are felled.

The forest remains open to the public at present. To prevent the spread of the tree disease, visitors must observe all health and safety signs and forest signage with biosecurity advice.

More information on closures will be posted when the details are confirmed. Information about closures will also be shown at forest entrances.

Before visiting the forest, you should be familiar with the guidelines to help prevent spreading this disease. Find out more at the following nidirect page.

Castlewellan Forest Park - car park closed

(19 January 2015)

Due to the ongoing weather conditions, the car park at Castlewellan Forest Park will be closed until further notice. The Forest park is still open to pedestrians.

Ballypatrick Forest - forest drive closed

(19 January 2015)

The forest drive in Ballypatrick Forest, County Antrim, is closed to motor vehicles. Pedestrians can still use the way-marked trails and forest roads.

Visitors must obey all health and safety signs and other signs displayed within the forest.

Slieve Gullion Forest - tree disease

(19 January 2015)

There is an outbreak of the Japanese larch tree disease (P. ramorum) in Slieve Gullion Forest, County Armagh.

Tree felling operations are underway and visitors must obey all health and safety signs and other signs displayed within the forest.

Before visiting the forest, you should be familiar with the guidelines to help prevent spreading this disease. Find out more at the following nidirect page.

Castlewellan Forest Park - tree disease

(19 January 2015)

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

Much of the necessary tree felling has been completed and the forest remains open to the public. There is some restricted access to certain areas and to some paths in the forest to allow for safe access by timber haulage lorries.

Visitors must observe all health and safety signs and other forest signage.

Before visiting the forest, you should be familiar with the guidelines to help prevent spreading this disease. Find out mroe at the following nidirect page.

Moydamlaght Forest - tree disease

(19 January 2015)

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

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 signs displayed within the forest with biosecurity advice. Find out more at the following nidirect page.

Tree disease outbreak

(19 January 2015)

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

(19 January 2015)

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 stay 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.