Ballyboley Forest

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Ballyboley Forest is a planted forest which is located in the Ballyboley (Larne) townland. Planted in 1957 [1], it has grown to encompass over 1,703.56 acres [2] over its 64 year life span. It's ecosystem includes rabits, foxes, hedgehogs and the wood mouse. The forests main walk links to the dam at Killylane, which was constructed in 1955 and can supply Larne, Ballymena, Ballyclare and parts of Antrim with up to three million gallons of water a day. It is stocked annually with brown trout and attracts many anglers to the area[3]. Currently, there is an outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum at the forest which has affected a small number of the trees.


  1. "Ballyboley Forest Date Planted". Ballyboley Forest Woodland Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  2. "Ballyboley Forest Size". Ballyboley Forest Woodland Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. "Killylane Reservoir". Killylane Reservoir NI Direct. Retrieved 16 January 2021.

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