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

Glenariff Forest Park

(15 April 2015)

A new caravan and camping site is being built in the main Forest Park and construction work is planned to continue until August 2015. During this time, public visitors arriving by vehicle or on foot may encounter restrictions on access along the main avenue into the Forest Park and car park.

The Waterfall Trail remains open for visitors on foot at the bottom end of the Glen; however, public access from the main forest car park will be restricted at times because of construction work.

While the construction works are programmed to take account of peak visitor dates, the main Forest Park entrance and car park is closed at present until further notice.

Slieve Gullion Forest - tree disease

(16 February 2015)

Tree felling is being carried out at Slieve Gullion Forest to help control the spread of P.ramorum. The work will continue for around 3 months.

The Scenic Drive will be closed to vehicles from Monday 23 February; however, car parking for visitors will still be available in the forest car park beside the play park and courtyard.

Forest visitors are asked to observe

  • all health & safety signs that are in place throughout the period of working
  • additional information signs about bio-security precautions

Information signs to give advance warning of the work, will be placed at key access points. If you would like to know more you can contact the forest service by email or telephone. Contact details are available on the following nidirect page.

Tollymore Forest Park - tree disease

(13 February 2015)

Tree felling is being carried out at Tollymore Forest Park to help control the spread of P ramorum. The work will continue for around 3 months.

The area of forest to be felled is beside The Drinns and The White Plains, along side the Mourne Way. Public access along the forest road will still be permitted.

Forest visitors are asked to observe

  • all health & safety signs that are in place throughout the period of working
  • additional information signs about bio-security precautions

Information signs to give advance warning of the work, will be placed at main access points. If you would like to know more you can contact the forest service by email or the Castlewellan Forest Park office by telephone. Contact details are available on the following nidirect page.

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.

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.

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 more 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.