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Santa at the Temple

Friday 4th December
Mount Stewart
Adult £7, Child £15. Member Adult £7, Child £15

Christmas at the Old Gaol

Saturday 5th December
Down County Museum
free £7.50 to visit Santa

Christmas Fair at The Argory

Sunday 6th December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional charge for Santa’s grotto and afternoon tea.

Have a go at Coppicing

Sunday 6th December
Strangford Lough

Santa’s House at Hezlett

Sunday 6th December
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £6, Child £15, Member Adult £6, Child £15


Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Saturday 12th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15, Member Adult £15

Santa’s Christmas Grotto

Saturday 12th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £5, Child £12, Member Adult £5, Child £12

Wild Christmas

Saturday 12th December
Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Free, booking essential

Christmas at the Zoo

Saturday 12th December
Belfast Zoo
Child (aged four to 17) – £15 Under four – £12 Adult – £8.60 (normal admission) Over 60 – £4.30 (normal admission) Student – £4.30 (normal admission Children (not attending the grotto) – &a

Yuletide Market

Sunday 13th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Magical Christmas

Sunday 13th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £12, Member Adult £5, Child £12

McClelland’s Farm, Dundrod – Christmas Social Event

Sunday 13th December
McClelland’s Farm, Dundrod


Christmas Concert

Sunday 20th December
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £18, Member Adult £18


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.”