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Closures along the Ulster Way

Sep
9
2010

Walkers are asked to be aware that there will be closures and/or diversions of the Ulster Way through Ballyboley and Woodburn forests during September and October as Forest Service will be undertaking tree felling and clearance works to combat Japanese Larch tree disease.

Forest visitors are also asked to observe any signage indicating the action they can take to help prevent spread of the disease, such as keeping to forest roads, keeping dogs on leads and removing soil and mud from shoes and boots before leaving the woodland.

DARD Forest Service Chief Executive, David Small, has confirmed three outbreaks of the disease in woodlands on the Antrim plateau.  Around 200 hectares of public forest estate and a further four hectares of private woodland are affected.

"This is the first time the disease has been confirmed on Japanese larch in Northern Ireland. It is important that DARD does everything it can to minimise the risk of the disease becoming established in our woodlands as it has the potential to cause significant damage to larch trees and the wider environment" exlained Forest Service Chief Executive David Small.

For more information contact Forest Service on 028 90524480.