Historic Downhill Demesne Spatial Masterplan

The Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership (coordinated by CCGHT) is pleased to present an Outdoor Recreation Spatial Masterplan for historic Downhill Demesne. Produced by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) on behalf of the LPS, the plan has been developed in partnership with Forest Service, National Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

It presents actions which can deliver a more coordinated and sustainable approach to the development and delivery of outdoor recreation within Downhill Demesne. Significantly, it presents proposals to expand the existing formal trail network from 2.5km to 6.5km, with potential to deliver a category one all-ability lake trail within Downhill Forest South. All remaining trails would be designed and delivered to category two multi-use standard, with low cost long term maintenance and trail sustainability in mind.

If successful in securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it is proposed the LPS will concentrate investment in Downhill Forest North and South. This will require the establishment of a new partnership agreement between Forest Service, National Trust and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. It will also require the establishment of appropriate licence and lease agreements between all partners and Forest Service. Time has been allocated to allow discussion and the establishment of these agreements. If delivered in whole the plan will significantly enhance and secure community access to Downhill Forest going forward.

A copy of the full masterplan and associated action plan can be accessed using the following link.

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