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Rediscovering the Lost Town and Gardens of Dunluce Castle

Friday 1st May
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Spring Discover Morning

Friday 1st May
Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park
Free

EU funding opportunities for NI

Friday 1st May
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Free

Bluebell walk in Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry

Saturday 2nd May
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Behind the Scenes – Bluebell Walks

Saturday 2nd May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Plant Fair at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 2nd May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 3rd May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10 Member Adult £16 Child £10 Normal admission to grounds

Rare Breeds Poultry Fair

Sunday 3rd May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus

Sunday 3rd May
Meet at St Patrick’s Church car park, Glendun Road, Cushendun BT44 0PZ
Free

50 Things – Go Wild at Castle Ward

Monday 4th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

May Cot Trips in Crom

Monday 4th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Dog Agility

Saturday 9th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnowburn Dander

Saturday 9th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 9th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Apple Blossom Day at Ardress

Sunday 10th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 10th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Garden Walk in Mount Stewart

Sunday 10th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Spring Walk

Sunday 10th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari aboard the Saint Brendan

Sunday 10th May
Strangford Lough
Adult £15, Child £5, Family £35

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Back to the Future: Local authority management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland – Learning from elsewhere

Thursday 14th May
Clifton House, Belfast
£10

Candlelit Tour

Friday 15th May
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Bats About Belfast

Friday 15th May
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£5 per adult, £2 per child

Belfast Walking Tours – NWMRT

Saturday 16th May
Divis and the Black Mountain
Cost is £10. There is a family rate of £25 for up to two adults and two children.

Country Fair at The Argory

Saturday 16th May
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Dunes

Sunday 17th May
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

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Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 24th May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10, Member Adult £16 Child £10, Normal admission to grounds

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 24th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Engaging Heritage with Community Planning

Wednesday 27th May
174 Trust, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast
Free

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Taste of Rathlin Island

Friday 29th May
Meet at Rathlin Harbour, Rathlin Island
N/A

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Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 31st May
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

      
 

Fermanagh Trust wind report 12 March 2012

Research by The Fermanagh Trust has found that communities in Northern Ireland are being financially disadvantaged by wind farm developments in comparison to the rest of the UK.  Other models of community benefit, such as community ownership, have also not been made available locally.

The report has implications for government and the onshore, wind industry – with some of the same companies operating and/or owning wind farms across the UK.

The research findings – the result of a three–month study which was supported by the Building Change Trust – found that the higher levels of payments into community funds in Great Britain have generally not been achieved at approved wind farms in Northern Ireland.

In Great Britain for example, amounts reaching and exceeding £2,000/MW, per annum have increasingly been seen. However, only one of the fourteen community funds in Northern Ireland identified by The Fermanagh’s Trust’s research was found to offer £2,000/MW per annum – this was a recent development which occurred during the lifetime of the research project, offered for a wind farm which has yet to be built.

Throughout the UK average levels of payments being paid into community funds have been found to be increasing through time but in Northern Ireland there appears to be a mixed picture. Whilst some wind farms have seen higher levels of payments in recent years, substantially low levels of payments of between £500–£1000 MW per annum are still being made into community funds for recently approved wind farms.

In relation to community ownership, there are numerous examples of wind farms where developers have taken very innovative approaches towards the provision of community benefits, and have incorporated community ownership into the development. In Northern Ireland, there are no instances of community ownership in a commercial wind farm development, or similar innovative approaches.

The report launch, which was attended by approximately 100 people, heard from representatives from frost–free ltd, a Scottish company that helps communities develop their own wind energy enterprises and helps them benefit from initiatives already proposed in their area.

Bill Acton from frost–free said: “It is important to unlock the potential for local communities to benefit from renewable energy projects. Communities, as well as private developers, must be incentivised to develop their own renewable energy projects or to engage with commercial projects in their area. The significance of the income that can be generated from such ventures has the real potential to create long term, sustainable income streams that will help many communities in the current financial climate.”

Graeme Dunwoody, Researcher with The Fermanagh Trust, said: “There are important recommendations in this report for government, local communities, local councils and the industry. For example; communities need good practice guidance, including a policy on community engagement and a toolkit on community benefits and a minimum payment should be offered by developers which is in line with the rest of the UK; and they should explore, where local communities want it, a form of community ownership.

“Local Councils should formally establish guidance protocols (based on good practice) which provide a framework for engagement by developers with the Councils and local communities and government should develop a public register of community benefits from wind farm projects similar to that currently being established by the Scottish Government.

“Government could also actively support local communities and their potential, positive role in implementing wind farm projects and the contribution they make in the development of a low carbon society. The implementation of this policy should address the need for active community involvement in shaping Northern Ireland’s community energy agenda. Policies ensuring effective support mechanisms need to be in place, such as a local energy assessment fund.”

Read the full report and summary document here.