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Mid–Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 6th June
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £2

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Saturday 6th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Family Pond Dip

Saturday 6th June
Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park
£2 per child

Sun Set Paddle Board Trail

Saturday 6th June
Meet at Swanns Bridge,Limavady
Free

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Book4Tea Week

Monday 8th June
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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The Bat Knight

Friday 12th June
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Good Food Market

Saturday 13th June
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

A Walk Back in Time

Saturday 13th June
Meet at Ballycastle Forest Car park
Free

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Uncovering a mysterious past at Slievenacloy

Monday 15th June
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

Guided Archaeology Walk,

Tuesday 16th June
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

Rural NI: Your Place Your Voice

Tuesday 16th June
Various – see above
Free

Ancient Woodland Restoration Workshop

Wednesday 17th June
Shane’s Castle Estate – Randalstown Rd – Antrim
Free

Irish Forum on Natural Capital – Launch Event

Thursday 18th June
Trinity Enterprise Centre, Dublin
See website for details

BioBlitz 2015 – White Park Bay

Friday 19th June
White Park Bay, Co. Antrim
See flyer for details

Garden Fair at Springhill

Saturday 20th June
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Mellow in the Meadow

Saturday 20th June
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Peregrine Watch at Whitehead

Saturday 20th June
Beach Road Nature Reserve, Whitehead
Free

A Walk into the Past

Sunday 21st June
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari Boat Trip – Father’s Day Special

Sunday 21st June
Castle Ward
N/A

Orchid Walk

Sunday 21st June
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Father’s Day at Mount Stewart

Sunday 21st June
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Training on how to survey cliff nesting seabirds

Sunday 21st June
Contact Kerry for more information
£25

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Wildflower Walk

Saturday 27th June
Meet at Knightsbridge entrance to Lagan Meadows
Free

Summer Bounty

Sunday 28th June
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Derry heritage at risk 14 March 2012

The Walled City Partnership have questioned the commitment to maintaining the built heritage of Derry/Londonderry after a warning that around 100 historic buildings in the heart of Londonderry are at risk of being lost.

They have also questioned the need for new buildings in a city with “thousands of square feet of vacant floor space in our existing buildings”.  There are up to 100, and perhaps more, listed and non–listed buildings which are at risk in the city’s three conservation areas — the Historic City, The Clarendon Street area and Magee area.

The hard–hitting message was delivered in a presentation by the partnership before a meeting of Derry City Council’s Development Committee.

The partnership has overseen the repair of a cluster of 19 listed and unlisted buildings in Waterloo Street, Shipquay Street, Magazine Street and Castle Street to date.  The projects included the flagship Northern Counties Hotel, which now houses several businesses and has helped regenerate Guildhall Square. A further 31 buildings are also eligible for funding under Phase II of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative, being delivered by the partnership.

Mary Kerrigan, a spokesperson for the Partnership, said “Our built environment is an expression of the culture and people of the place. It informs identity.  The built heritage is the legacy of past generations to us and we are the custodians of that for future generations and our care or lack of care for the built heritage will be seen in the appearance of the buildings. It will reflect on us and our culture.”

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has previously stated that visitors who come to see built heritage stay twice as long and spend twice as much.

Ms Kerrigan also warned that the city’s regeneration plan — developed by over 1,000 experts from bodies across the city — seemed light on detail about restoring historic buildings. “I’m not clear where heritage has a place in the One Plan,” she said. “I have a sense that heritage is not seen as progressive. We can’t create buildings like this again.”

The Walled City Partnership was set up in 2002 to establish the Town Heritage Initiative for Derry.

Buildings at risk include: Abercorn factory, Carlisle Circus; Foyle Valley Railway Museum; Presbyterian churches at Strand Road and Great James Street; Cathedral Primary School; Gate Lodge to Aberfoyle House; Old boundary walls, Clarendon Street; Crawford Square Park & boundary wall; dwelling, Lawrence Hill; terraced housing, Artillery, Harvey and Fountain Streets

Read the story in full here.