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How to create an outstanding Charity of the Year proposal

Wednesday 3rd December
Citi, Gateway Building, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
£10.00

Santa at the Temple

Thursday 4th December
Mount Stewart
Adult £7, Child £15

Dunluce Castle, Heritage and Sustainability in North Ulster and Scotland

Thursday 4th December
Room OG–029, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1NN.
Free

Recent Historical & Archaeological Research at Dundrum Castle

Friday 5th December
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Have a go at Coppicing

Saturday 6th December
Strangford Lough
Free

Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 6th December
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Santa’s House at Hezlett

Saturday 6th December
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Aduld £6, Child £15

Social Science Festival at The Open University

Saturday 6th December
The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN
Free

Celebrate the Christmas Hedgerow

Saturday 6th December
Eden Allotment Gardens & Community Centre
Free

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Charity registration and the public benefit requirement

Tuesday 9th December
Northern Ireland Environment Link, 89 Loopland Drive, Belfast, BT6 9DW
Free

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Wrap It Up

Friday 12th December
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 12th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Santa’s Christmas Grotto

Friday 12th December
The Argory
Adult £5, Child £12

Yuletide Market at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 13th December
Rowallane Gardens
Normal Admission, Members Free

Magical Christmas at Castle Coole

Saturday 13th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £12

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NICVA – Draft Budget Consultation Event

Thursday 18th December
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB
Free

NIEA Winter Solstice Talk

Friday 19th December
Waternan House, 5 – 33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Christmas Concert at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 20th December
Mussenden Temple Downhill
Adult £18

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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.”