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The Geoarchaeology of County Down’s High Crosses and Round Towers

Friday 3rd April
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Wellbrook Beetling Mill Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ardress House Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter at the Barn in Castle Ward

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Craft Demonstrations

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Hunt at Murlough NNR

Saturday 4th April
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness at Castle Coole

Sunday 5th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza at Crom

Sunday 5th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails at Florence Court

Sunday 5th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Celebrations at Giant’s Causeway

Sunday 5th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair at Castle Ward

Sunday 5th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trails at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 5th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Cot Cruise at Crom

Monday 6th April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day at Florence Court

Monday 6th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 7th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Spring into Action for the Beach Clean

Saturday 11th April
Murlough NNR
Free

Dawn Chorus

Saturday 11th April
Meet at Ramada Plaza Hotel foyer
£8.50

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CIfA 2015 Conference

Wednesday 15th April
Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff
See website for details

Ranger Round–Up

Wednesday 15th April
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free,Additional charge for ranger activity, £5 per child.

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Paws in the Park

Saturday 18th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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A Real Buzz

Thursday 23rd April
Meet at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
Free

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Foraging for Spring Greens

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Downhill Forest
Free

Forage in the Forest

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£6

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 26th April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3,

Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday 26th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 26th April
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

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On the move – A conference about cycling and connectivity

Thursday 30th April
Reception Room, Belfast City Hall, Belfast
£50, free for CIVINET UK & Ireland members

  
 

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.”