Darkley Forest

Client: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

The Challenge

To develop a short community walk trail system within Darkley Forest (near Keady in Co.Armagh) comprised of two walk trails and a small parking area.


The Role

To project manage the delivery of a multi-use trail system from concept to completion including:

  • Securing necessary planning permission
  • Facilitating licence / lease agreements
  • Partnering with a trail designer to produce two walk trails @ 3km and 2.2km respectively
  • Securing funding for all project elements by undertaking the necessary business cases and facility development plans required from funders etc.
  • Design and installation of visitor information and signage
  • Liaison with CPM team and contractors to ensure a high quality finish
  • Preparation of a Management Plan for the facility on completion

Project Partners

  • Forest Service Northern Ireland (Landowners)
  • Clixbys Land Design (Trail Designer)
  • R.Robinson & Sons (CPM)
  • Euro Services Contracts (Contractor – Trails)
  • Greg Seeley Consulting Ltd. (Consulting Engineer – Car Park)
  • Civco Ltd. (Contractor – Car park)

Project Funders

  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs –┬áTackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation (TRPSI)
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council