Forest news and events

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

Latest news

Road closure - Tollymore

The 2017 edition of the Gran Fondo cycle event will take place on Sunday 4 June.  This is a closed roads, mass participation cycle event and will be travelling from Spelga Dam to Bryansford on the Hilltown Road past the exit gates of Tollymore Forest Park.  This road will be closed to motorised traffic from 9:15am to 12:00pm.  Visitors are to both enter and exit the park via the Bryansford Road gates during this time.

Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion Forest drive will be closed to public traffic on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017.  This is to facilitate an outdoor event being organised by Newry Mourne and Down District Council. 

Further details can be viewed on the Council’s website

Castlewellan Forest Park - horse riding trails

Further information can be found on the Castlewellan Forest Park page. Horse riding trails managed by Forest Service are also available in Tollymore Forest Park.

Access to Meenameen Lough and Glencreawan Lough 

Access to Meenameen Lough and Glencreawan Lough will be closed from Monday 10 April 2017 from 8.00 am to Friday 14 April 2017 at 4.00 pm.

Castlewellan Forest Park - mountain bike trails

Several trees have been reported as coming down on the mountain bike trails in Castlwellan Forest Park forest due to the recent storm Doris. These are currently being cleared by trail rangers, but please exercise caution over the next few days.

Castlewellan Forest Park - horse trekking trail closed 

Essential tree harvesting works are currently being carried out at Castlewellan Forest Park, clearing areas affected by previous storms. For safety reasons, the horse trekking trail has been closed and we anticipate that harvesting operations will continue until the end of the summer. An alternative horse trekking trail is available at Tollymore Forest Park.

Since 2013 there has been a major increase in the use of Castlewellan Forest Park for walking and cycling activities following new trail developments in partnership with Newry Mourne & Down District Council.  As the harvesting operation progresses we intend to liaise with the Council on the most appropriate range of activities to be provided at Castlewellan Forest Park.

Events

There are currently no planned events.

Forest recreation charges

On event days, some charges apply to particular forests. There are also charges for the use of additional facilities in some forests - these apply to vehicles, people and to some activities and organised events. The link below has details of concessions for charities and community groups, caravanning and camping.

Report wildlife sightings online

In Northern Ireland, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) collates wildlife records for both native and non-native species.

You can record your sightings on its website either as a single record event or you can register with them and submit details through a free online account.

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