Minister of state Tom Hayes TD says that he is hopeful that the Marl Bog forest recreation area will re-open as soon as possible, once storm damage is cleared. The site is currently closed for health and safety reasons due to windblown trees following the recent stormy weather.
An assessment of the damage and an action plan to reopen the trail is underway.
Minister Hayes says: “Coillte staff and contractors are currently working with chainsaws on the first phase to reopen the popular duck pond loop and main forest road in the property.
“As the main car park is cordoned off due to the severity of the damage, access to the forest will be via the first forest entrance from the village. This entrance is linked to the village by way of a footpath and there is car parking opposite the Golden Vale pub.’ This phase of work is due to be completed soon.
“The second phase of work involves clearing the windblown trees from the main car park and the remaining forest. This will entail the use of a harvesting machine and will also need a felling license to proceed, so at the moment, it is difficult to put a time frame on the completion of this phase.”
Minister Hayes added: “In the meantime users are advised to use the Bishopswood amenity site, one kilometre on the Thurles side of Dundrum which was upgraded immediately after the storm.’