Consultation opened on 25 June 2021. Closing date 26 July 2021.


Forest Service, an Agency of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has provided an opinion on the following projects in respect of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (as amended). An opinion under the Regulations is formed taking account of the selection criteria specified in the legislation. An opinion may be ‘relevant’ if it is considered that a project is likely to have a significant effect on the environment or ‘not relevant’ if a project is considered unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment. Each project is required to comply with the UK Forestry Standard, which describes the governments’ approach to sustainable forestry.

Consultation description

Reference ERA20/21-91

Project Type Deforestation

Location Ballygrot, Helen’s Bay

Grid Reference J 45689 81912

Area 1.02 hectares

Project Description Clearance of infected ash trees and conversion to a forest garden

Opinion Not relevant Biodiversity may not be adversely affected by this project. Young diseased ash will be replaced with other species associated with woodlands and orchards. Other tree species within the site will not be felled.

Maps and information relating to these projects have been placed on Further information may be obtained by contacting Policy and Regulation Branch at 028 6634 3034 or by emailing Any person wishing to comment on the likely environmental effects of the above project may do so in writing by 26 July 2021 to Forest Service, Policy and Regulation Branch, Inishkeen House, Killyhevlin, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 4EJ or by emailing

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