Sorry signs of neglect at forest park
Last week I visited Castlewellan Forest Park with visitors from England.
We were all aghast at the continuing neglect and dereliction of the once-beautiful garden area, with flowerbeds choked with weeds and overgrown with grass, nettles and thistles, as were the steps and sides of some paths.
A walk around the lake yielded at least five full carrier bags of litter - and that was only because we had no more containers to fill.
Castlewellan Forest Park is one of Northern Ireland's most beautiful locations and a wonderful recreation area.
It sadly needs some TLC. This should include upgrading the toilet facilities, which are not well-maintained and shoddy.
To give credit where credit is due, the little cafe in the stableyard was clean, welcoming and well-run and provided simple meals at a reasonable price and with great efficiency.
With the increased number of cruise ships visiting Northern Ireland, there are many visitors with a special interest in beautiful gardens and arboreta.
I hope the guardians of Castlewellan Forest Park will reinstate the garden area to its former glory before it is completely lost.