Woodlands closed to public in December

Chibbanagh plantation in the snow

Chibbanagh plantation in the snow

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One of the nearest recreational woodlands to Douglas, Chibbanagh Plantation, will be closed to the public from December.

This is while essential forestry works take place.

Situated on the Cooil Road near to the Braaid, Chibbanagh is popular for cycling, horse riding, and dog walking.

For both the safety of the public and the workforce, the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has taken the decision to close the woodland, from the start of December through to the end of February 2015.

The public are asked to abide by the closure notices and any future access restrictions.

Large vehicles will be accessing and leaving the plantation at times, so drivers are also asked to take care in the area.

Restocking of felled areas is planned immediately after the works are completed.

A spokesman said where stands of conifer once stood, they will be replaced with mixed-broadleaf species as part of the department’s aim to sustainably manage the natural environment across the island.

The department acknowledges Chibbanagh as being a key recreational hub and, following the works, hopes to improve the infrastructure through the creation of a new car park and picnic area with updates to signage and interpretation.

People are encouraged to continue exploring the countryside which can improve personal fitness and wellbeing.

During the closure of Chibbanagh, alternative recreational woodland facilities are available at Archallagan and South Barrule Forest Parks, both of which have recreational routes and ample car parking.

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