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

Slieve Gullion Forest - scenic drive to reopen on 29 June

(23 June 2015)

Following the completion of harvesting work necessary to control the spread of tree disease, the scenic drive will reopen on Monday 29 June 2015. Drivers are reminded that the scenic drive is signed for one-way traffic and is suitable for cars, minibuses and light coaches only.

Forest visitors are asked to observe all biosecurity signs, and health and safety signs that remain in place.

For further information, email or telephone Forest Service.

Glenariff Forest Park - car park and entrance avenue reopened

(18 June 2015)

A new caravan site and associated recreation facilities are being built in the Forest Park, with construction work continuing until autumn 2015.

Following a period of closure for the first phase of works, the forest car park and main entrance avenue reopened for public access on Thursday 18 June 2015. Visitors to Glenariff Waterfalls and Forest Park are asked to observe all site safety signage and to stay clear of the construction site.

For further information, email Forest Service or telephone the Garvagh Forest Office.

Lough Navar Forest Park

(16 June 2015)

Lough Navar Scenic Drive will be closed from 8.00 am on Wednesday 1 July 2015. Works will take place along the Drive. It is anticipated that the Drive will re-open on Saturday 4 July 2015. There will be no access to the fishing lakes during this period.

For more information about Lough Navar Forest and angling at Navar Lakes visit: