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Sculpture Trail

Monday 1st August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Batty

Friday 5th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 5th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music by the Lake

Saturday 6th August
Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh BT92 8AJ
Adult £10

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 6th August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

August Summer Sundays at Springhill

Sunday 7th August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

August Summer Sundays at The Argory

Sunday 7th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Jazz Series at Castle Ward

Sunday 7th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 10th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Batty Bonanza

Friday 12th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Butterfly Safari Portstewart Strand

Saturday 13th August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

CraftFest 2016

Saturday 13th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Kite Festival

Sunday 14th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 17th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 18th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Whale Watch

Sunday 21st August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Afternoon Tea at The Argory

Sunday 28th August
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15, Child £7.50

Honey Show at Florence Court

Sunday 28th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2, Member Adult £4, Child £2

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Tuesday 30th August
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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High Hedges Legislation 16 March 2012

High hedges legislation to become law

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said that new legislation designed to resolve disputes over high hedges, will become law on 31 March.

The Northern Ireland High Hedges Act is designed to help people who are adversely affected by high hedges bordering their domestic property. The Act deals specifically with evergreen and semi–evergreen hedges that are more than 2–metres in height acting as a barrier to light to a neighbouring domestic property.

Commenting on the legislation today, the Minister said: “This is an important piece of legislation which I hope will go a long way towards reducing the number of disputes over high hedges.

“District councils will have an important role in administering and enforcing the legislation. They will investigate complaints and will have the power to issue remedial notices requiring hedge owners to take action to reduce the height of a hedge found to be causing a problem.

“However, before bringing a complaint, complainants will be expected to have discussed the issue with their neighbour in an effort to resolve the dispute.

“I hope that the very existence of the Act and its financial implications will be an added incentive for neighbours to reach agreement.”

Failure to comply with the terms of a notice served by the Council will be an offence. The penalty for non–compliance with a remedial notice will be a fine of up to £1,000. There is also provision for a further fine for continued non–compliance.

Concluding Minister Attwood added: “I want to ensure that long–suffering complainants will not be out–of–pocket. The Department has also brought forward legislation to transfer to the ‘hedge owner’ the obligation to pay for the investigation.

“I am pleased that the necessary fee legislation is now in place and complainants will not be expected to pay more than £360 to have a hedge complaint investigated. Councils can now deal with high hedge complaints and we will see an end to the blight of high hedge problems.”