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

Ballypatrick Forest - scenic drive

Ballypatrick Forest Drive will be closed during the Easter weekend due to harvesting work.

Tree disease at Slieve Gullion Forest

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

Glenariff Forest Park - Waterfall Trail re-opens

The Waterfall Trail reopened on 26 March.

Tree disease at Moydamlaght Forest

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

The forest is open to the public. Timber harvesting continues until the end of April 2014. During this work, there will be some restrictions on public access to the forest.

Information about closures will be shown at forest entrances. To help 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':

Tree disease at Castlewellan Forest Park

An outbreak of a tree disease in larch, caused by a fungal pathogen (Phytophthora ramorum), has been confirmed at Castlewellan Forest Park. Approximately 100 hectares of affected trees will be removed to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The forest will remain open to the public. However during this work some restrictions will be in place in certain areas and paths. Visitors must observe all health and safety signs and other signage placed in the forest.

Your help is vital in preventing the spread of this disease. 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.