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Replanting Works to start in Dungannon Park

Mid Ulster District Council is asking visitors to be aware of a forthcoming temporary change to pathway access at Dungannon Park, as part of seasonal plantation management and tree felling work which is being carried out in the new year.

The work has been planned to take place outside of the nesting season, and to minimise disruption to park users during a quieter time of the season. From 6th January until 31st January, the preparation of the area and tree felling in a small section of the park will lead to the temporary closure of the pathway from the car park to the Moygashel entrance and will affect the availability of the pitch for rugby matches. Re-planting and landscaping of the area, to include re-opening of the pathway, will then take place in February 2020.

Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Trevor Wilson explained:

“We are carrying out the works due to health and safety issues with some of the trees which are reaching the end of their expected lifespan, leading to some of them becoming increasingly unstable, with the potential to cause injury to users of the park or damage to neighbouring properties.

“Most of the trees being removed are non-native conifers and once the felling is finished, the area will be landscaped and a total of 2,500 new native broad leaf species trees planted in their place. This will provide a net gain in the number of trees on the site (an increased ratio of 6:1), giving greater wildlife value to the site, and contributing to addressing historical species loss in the region.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to park visitors during January and February, and while it will look a little bare to start with, we hope that once established, the new planting will be an environmental enhancement which positively contributes to the visitor experience in Dungannon Park.”

For more details on progress of the works, keep up to date on Dungannon Park’s Facebook Page, or contact Dungannon Park on 028 8772 8690 for further information.

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