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Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces

Friday 3rd October
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Autumn Plant Fair at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 4th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

Saturday 4th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Harvest and Country Fair

Saturday 4th October
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional charge for Scarecrow Trail.

Laurel Clearance

Sunday 5th October
Saintfield Estate near Saintfield
Free

Silver Sunday –at Enniskillen Castle Museums

Sunday 5th October
Enniskillen Castles Museum
Free

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SEUPB Environmental Conference 2014

Wednesday 8th October
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk
Free

BRICK Workshop 05

Thursday 9th October
East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4FP
£15.00

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The Magical Imagineer

Saturday 11th October
Enniskillen Castles Museum
Normal Admission Charges Apply

Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Saturday 11th October
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taming Nature

Saturday 11th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 11th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free, Red squirrel activities – adult £3, child £1.50

Make a Bird Table or Feeder

Saturday 11th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child

Autumn Festival at Crawfordsburn Country Park

Sunday 12th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Apple Press Day

Sunday 12th October
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Sunday 12th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.00 per sheet

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Autumn Pumpkinfest and Scarecrow Pageant

Saturday 18th October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Weekend

Saturday 18th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Seed Gathering Saturday

Saturday 18th October
Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen. Carrickfergus,(Meeting at Red Fort Park / Bradford Heights entrance)
Free

Fungal Walk

Sunday 19th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
Free

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Joint Links 2014 Conference

Wednesday 22nd October
Beardmore Conference Centre, Glasgow
£30 – £45

Nocturnal Nature Tour

Thursday 23rd October
Crom, Co–Fermanagh
Adult £10, Child £5

Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 24th October
Florence Court
Adult £15

Coastal Walk at Kearney

Saturday 25th October
Ards Peninsula
Adult £3, Child £1.50

Pumpkins and Potions

Saturday 25th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Haunted Hezlett

Saturday 25th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £6, and Child £6

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Sunday 26th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Walk

Sunday 26th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Mini Haunted Hezlett

Sunday 26th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £5, Child £5

Spooky Halloween Treasure Haunt

Sunday 26th October
Carnfunncok Country Park
£2.00 per treasure haunt

The Emergence and Spread of Modern Humans

Monday 27th October
Elmwood Building, Queens University
Free

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Mexican Day of the Dead

Thursday 30th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Halloween Extravaganza

Friday 31st October
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Hallowe’en at The Festival of Light

Friday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30

Weekends in November – Festival of Light

Friday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30

 
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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.