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Halloween Hedgerow

Saturday 1st November
Eden Allotments Gardens, Carrickfergus
Free

Book Fair

Saturday 1st November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Garden Walk

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

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Tackling Rural Crime in Northern Ireland – Working Together

Tuesday 4th November
Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast
Free

An introduction to private sector funding and support (Belfast)

Wednesday 5th November
The Board Room, BT Riverside Tower, 5 Lanyon Place, Belfast
£10.00

Belfast Festival of Social Science

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

Digging up Medieval Derry: Excavations at Bishop Street Within

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

BTO NI Birdwatchers Conference

Saturday 8th November
Oxford Island
TBC

Free Community Open Day

Saturday 8th November
Giant’s Causeway
Free

Christmas Design Workshop

Saturday 8th November
Rowallane Gardens
Adult £45

Crafted – Castle Ward

Saturday 8th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

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

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Thursday 13th November
Parkanaur Manor House, Dungannon
Free

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
Free

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Land of the Lemurs – Travels in Madagascar

Tuesday 18th November
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Free

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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
£10.00

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National Tree Week

Saturday 22nd November
Carnfunncok Country Park
Free

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Private Sector Charitable Funding

Wednesday 26th November
The Belfast Room, Ulster Museum, Belfast
£10.00

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Hedgelaying Workshop Day Two

Saturday 29th November
Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead.
Free

Santa’s House at Castle Ward

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

      
 

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.