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Europe – “Competing Visions” Event

Thursday 2nd June
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
Free

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Good Food Market

Saturday 4th June
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mid Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 4th June
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £5, Child £2

Butterfly Conservation’s Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS)

Saturday 4th June
TBC
N/A

Scenic Forset Trek

Sunday 5th June
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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”An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” – Public Health Agency Annual Research and Practice Conference 2016

Wednesday 8th June
Riddel Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast

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Moth Night at Crom

Friday 10th June
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Normal Admission, Members Free

Book Fair at Castle Ward

Saturday 11th June
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Garden Fete

Saturday 18th June
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Orchid Walk

Saturday 18th June
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

‘Introduction to Pollinators’

Saturday 18th June
Corrymeela Centre, 5 Drumaroan Road, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim BT54 6QU
N/A

Mid–Summer Solstice Walk

Sunday 19th June
Giant’s Causeway
Adult £7 Child £7

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Introduction to Macro–Moth Identification and Trapping

Friday 24th June
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
N/A

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Making It Add Up: Fundraising Training for the Heritage & Environment Sector

Monday 27th June
Clifton House, North Queen St, Belfast BT15 1ES
Morning Session free; Afternoon Session £20

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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.”