Banagher Glen

Altnheglish Dam. We had a marvellous walk in Banagher Glen and along the shore of Altnaheglish Reservoir. It was a long journey with lots to see despite the long drive to get there. Paddy generously drove the minibus in both directions and our thanks go to him for that. A selection of photographs taken during the walk are contained in the Photo Album for the day.

One query that arose during as we walked throught the forst was why occasional dead trees were left in areas of forest that had been cleared and replanted. John suggested that this might be to mark out the boundaries of areas for sale but the scattered positioning of the trees didn't support this theory. John Watson of the forestry service kindly supplied the answer and here it is:"

Lonesome Pine.My name is John Watson and I am a forest manager with the NI Forest Service. The short answer to your query ... is these trees are left to add to the biodiversity value of the forest.

By way of explanation; Government requires Forest Service to manage our forests sustainably. This means that a balance between social, environmental and economic benefits has to be struck. Getting this balance right will mean that future generations can continue to benefit from, and enjoy the forests as we do today.

It may also interest you to learn that while the requirements for the sustainable management of our forests are set out in the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS), Forest Service has also volunteered for certification under The UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). This standard encompasses the UKFS as a minimum, but also sets out the requirements by which Forest Service can certify the timber we produce as coming from sustainably managed forests.

The retention of an internationally recognised certification scheme, such as UKWAS, remains vital to our timber buyers who are competing to sell their products within an international market.

John Watson
Forest Management Officer - EAST

So now you know!