Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced plans for a substantial investment at Glenariff Forest Park under the Forestry Fund.
The Minister said: “This investment to develop the caravan and camping facilities at Glenariff Forest Park, is the latest example of the Forestry Fund delivering successful projects. I have initially set aside £750,000 for this development as the plans are still subject to planning and procurement consideration. I believe that this investment will significantly underpin the Council’s aspirations to further upgrade recreation and visitor facilities at Glenariff and in forests in the Moyle area.
“I wish to commend the work undertaken to date and the commitment of Moyle District Council in putting together a comprehensive proposal for the strategic development of forest based recreation and tourism in the Moyle area.
“The development of this high quality caravan and camping facility in the Forest Park will play an important role in catering for and encouraging recreation and tourism within the Antrim coast and Glens area.”
The Minister focused on the benefits of working in partnership with others to unlock the potential that forests offer. She said: “The Forestry Fund has provided a stimulus for engagement with Councils and other partners to promote the development of recreation and tourism in many rural areas. I would encourage partners to continue to engage with my Department in seeking to further develop the role that forests can play and contribute to wider outdoor recreation, health,well being and tourism priorities of Government.”
The Forestry Fund, worth £4million over two years, was established under the Executive’s Economy and Jobs Initiative, is designed to take action to support the local labour market and to boost employment.