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Harvest Workshop

Saturday 1st October
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Free Community Open Day

Saturday 1st October
Giant’s Causeway
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

Saturday 1st October
Causeway Hotel
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Designing SuDS Course – Dublin

Tuesday 4th October
Venue TBC, Dublin
See website for details


Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Saturday 8th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Discover one of Northern Ireland’s ancient treasures this autumn

Sunday 9th October
Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Sunday 9th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge


Northern Ireland Planning Conference

Thursday 13th October
Baby Grand, Belfast
See website for details


Brent Watch

Saturday 15th October
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Saturday 15th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome


CEEweb Academy on EU Agriculuture and Green Infrastructure

Tuesday 18th October
See website for details
See website for details


Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 22nd October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Spooktacular

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’een Ghost Trail

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Half–term Hallowe’en Fest

Saturday 22nd October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

International Water Association Regional Conference – Dublin

Sunday 23rd October
Dublin City University, Helix Conference Centre
See website for details

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Monday 24th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 29th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rea’s Wood, Antrim – Woodland Management

Sunday 30th October
Rea’s Wood Antrim


What ‘wood’ you write? 12 April 2012

60 years in 60 words: what ‘wood’ you write?

Call for schools to enter national writing competition to celebrate Queen’s historic Diamond Jubilee

The Woodland Trust and its main sponsor Sainsbury’s are calling out to schools across the country to submit final entries to a unique writing competition celebrating the 60–year reign of Her Majesty The Queen. As part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods project, schoolchildren are being encouraged to put pen to paper and describe the life of a tree in just 60 words.

As a tie to Her Majesty’s time on the throne, children are being urged to let their imaginations run wild and describe what a tree may experience over a 60–year period – either over the past 60 years or in the next 60 years to come.

Two children will be ‘crowned’ as the ultimate national winners, and in addition to winning fabulous prizes courtesy of Sainsbury’s, their school will receive a literary master class with guest judge and renowned author William Fiennes. As bestselling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, Fiennes was The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2003. In a specially arranged workshop, he will share writing hints and tips with a select number of pupils at each of the winning schools.

In addition, the winning stories will be presented to the Queen by the Woodland Trust.

Schools throughout the UK have until 30 April 2012 to put forward their most creative and talented entries from Primary KS2 or Secondary KS3 classes for this prestigious tree–themed competition and winners will be announced ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

As lead corporate sponsor of the Jubilee Woods project, Sainsbury’s will also be awarding prizes to all regional and national winning schools. 

Graham Blight, head of people engagement at the Woodland Trust, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for children to think about trees and express in words the value they play in everyday life. This competition brings together literacy with history to engage schools and children in the wonders of woodland from a past and future perspective inspired by this momentous Diamond Jubilee year.”

Phil Carroll, Book Buying Manager and Schools Writing Judge, said: “This is a great way for children to think creatively and I look forward to seeing the entries. Sainsbury’s is particularly excited to be involved as we’ve already helped plant over 825,000 woodland trees since 2004 thanks to donations from sales of our Woodland eggs and chicken, and we hope even more children and adults will support woodland through our stores and the Active Kids scheme.”

How to enter:
Schools are asked to hold a competition in school and submit the winning entry to represent their school in the national writing competition. Further details can be found by visiting

Schools can also apply for a free pack of trees as part of the Jubilee Woods project, each containing a Royal Oak sapling.