Major upgrade for Mid Ulster forest nears completion

Improvements to Moydamlaght Forest outside Draperstown that increase access and opportunities for natural activity play are nearing completion.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 2:20 pm
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 2:43 pm

As well as upgrades to the existing parking area and paths, a new path towards the river is almost complete.

Trail furniture and timber play equipment has now been installed at the trailhead and integrated into the landscape along the trail as it makes its way to the summit, with the inclusion of log walk weavers, stepping stones and balance beams giving plenty of opportunity for off-track play.

Over the past year with the onging pandemic, the forest has been very popular with local people and visitors to the area.

Forest upgrade nearing completion.

Council Chair, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan welcomed the new improvements to the trails and outdoor play facilities at Moydamlaght.

He said: “Open spaces and recreational opportunities are an essential part of a thriving community, especially during the pandemic when our physical and mental health is improved by getting touch with nature.

“The completion of this phase of the Moydamlaght upgrade project with the sensitive installation of natural play equipment within the landscape will provide increased access to recreational opportunities and experiences for our local young people, who we hope will use the new equipment for recreational play as part of their family visit to the Forest.”

Signage at the trailhead has also be installed, reminding those using the Forest that quads and scramblers should not be taken into the Forest.

Forest trails have been cleaned up.

The project, due for completion by the end of this month, is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI) Programme and by Mid Ulster District Council.

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Spruce up for popular Moydamlaght forest.