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Tree Disease in Belvoir Forest

Aug
6
2014

Thousands of trees are being cut down in Belvoir Forest following the discovery of a fungus-like disease.

Many larch trees in Belvoir Forest have become affected by an outbreak of what is known as "sudden oak death".

About 6,500 trees are being cut down to reduce the risk of the disease spreading to other woodland species.

Belvoir forest remains open but visitors are being urged to follow the guidance on signs at the affected sites.

A spokesperson for the Forest Service said: "Action to fell approximately 6,500 larch trees is under way as this is the most effective way of reducing the risk of the disease spreading to other trees and gardens in the Belfast area.”

Further information can be found on BBC News