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Portglenone Forest Park

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Five forests surround the village and offer more than ten miles of stunningly beautiful walks. As the seasons permit, a vast profusion of wildflowers line the walkways: lesser celandine, wood anemones, wild garlic, primroses and orchids can all be spied. Portglenone Forest Park, beautiful and relaxing at any time, becomes a magnet for visitors from all across the country during the bluebell season, April and May, when it puts on a show to rival any wood in these islands.

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Portglenone Forest is an ancient woodland site, once part of great woods that stretched from Lough Neagh to Coleraine and west to the Sperrin Mountains. The plantation of Ulster brought intensive deforestation in the 1600s. Significant aforestation did not occur until 300 years later. Dredging work carried out between 1930 and 1942 created riverbanks, known locally as the ‘Bann Dumps’ . These were planted with spruce, pine and larch between 1938-41

A Bluebell Festival takes place here every year.

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