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Divis Mountain

Divis Mountain

BY DAVID FITZGERALD

Divis and Black Mountain. Picture by Freddie Parkinson

Divis and Black Mountain. Picture by Freddie Parkinson

Freddie Parkinson

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Divis Mountain

The National Trust had to ask police to close roads near its properties because of an upsurge in visitors during lockdown.

Heather McLachlan, the charity’s Northern Ireland director, told the Assembly’s Economy Committee the growing number of people at attractions such as Divis Mountain had also highlighted “behavioural issues” among those who were not regular visitors to the countryside.

These problems include straying away from marked paths, networks and trails.


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