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Halloween Hedgerow

Saturday 1st November
Eden Allotments Gardens, Carrickfergus

Book Fair

Saturday 1st November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Garden Walk

Sunday 2nd November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5


Tackling Rural Crime in Northern Ireland – Working Together

Tuesday 4th November
Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

An introduction to private sector funding and support (Belfast)

Wednesday 5th November
The Board Room, BT Riverside Tower, 5 Lanyon Place, Belfast

Belfast Festival of Social Science

Thursday 6th November
The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

Digging up Medieval Derry: Excavations at Bishop Street Within

Friday 7th November
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA

BTO NI Birdwatchers Conference

Saturday 8th November
Oxford Island

Free Community Open Day

Saturday 8th November
Giant’s Causeway

Christmas Design Workshop

Saturday 8th November
Rowallane Gardens
Adult £45

Crafted – Castle Ward

Saturday 8th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free


Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Tuesday 11th November
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
See website for details


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Thursday 13th November
Parkanaur Manor House, Dungannon

Reuniting Planning and Health: Tackling Disadvantage Conference

Friday 14th November
The Hilton Hotel, Belfast
See website for details

Hedgelaying Workshop Day One

Saturday 15th November
Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead


Land of the Lemurs – Travels in Madagascar

Tuesday 18th November
The Ulster Museum, Belfast


An introduction to private sector funding and support (Derry/Londonderry)

Thursday 20th November
Social Enterprise Hub, First Floor, 12–14 The Diamond (above the HSBC bank), Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6HW


National Tree Week

Saturday 22nd November
Carnfunncok Country Park


Private Sector Charitable Funding

Wednesday 26th November
The Belfast Room, Ulster Museum, Belfast


Hedgelaying Workshop Day Two

Saturday 29th November
Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead.

Santa’s House at Castle Ward

Sunday 30th November
Castle Ward
Adult £7, Child £15


EC Challenge on Strangford 16 March 2012

EC challenge on Strangford Lough

The Department of Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that a letter has been received from the European Commission outlining their final position in respect of the management of Strangford Lough.

The Commission has raised concerns about the protection of the remaining communities of Horse Mussels (modiolous), the control and assessment of pot fishing and acquaculture activities and enhance restoration of habitat.

Alex Attwood said: “A formal letter has been received from the EU commencing a process of investigation and dialogue. Our response must be decisive. We need to demonstrate that the horse mussel reef issue is being conclusively addressed. I will be discussing this issue with my Executive colleague Michelle O’Neill. We have until May this year to convince the EU that any deterioration is being addressed, beyond which infraction awaits”

Minister O’Neill added “My Department has responsibility for fisheries management in the Lough. I remain disappointed with the Commission interpretation but I am determined to develop a response which fully matches our responsibility under the Habitats Directive. I have undertaken to meet fishermen in the near future to discuss options with them and officials from both Departments will be working hard together to develop a satisfactory management regime for the future.”

Minister Attwood concluded “Following my meetings in Brussels, I am arranging to return to Brussels in the next few weeks to discuss with senior EU officials – and I hope with the Environment Commissioner – to attempt to ensure understanding of measures to protect the horse mussel reef, a sustainable fishing industry working in harmony within the ethos of the Habitats Directive and to show an unambiguous determination to settle the matter once and for all”.