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The Geoarchaeology of County Down’s High Crosses and Round Towers

Friday 3rd April
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Wellbrook Beetling Mill Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ardress House Easter Egg Trail

Friday 3rd April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter at the Barn in Castle Ward

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Craft Demonstrations

Friday 3rd April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Hunt at Murlough NNR

Saturday 4th April
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness at Castle Coole

Sunday 5th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza at Crom

Sunday 5th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails at Florence Court

Sunday 5th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Celebrations at Giant’s Causeway

Sunday 5th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair at Castle Ward

Sunday 5th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trails at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 5th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Cot Cruise at Crom

Monday 6th April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day at Florence Court

Monday 6th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 7th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Spring into Action for the Beach Clean

Saturday 11th April
Murlough NNR
Free

Dawn Chorus

Saturday 11th April
Meet at Ramada Plaza Hotel foyer
£8.50

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CIfA 2015 Conference

Wednesday 15th April
Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff
See website for details

Ranger Round–Up

Wednesday 15th April
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free,Additional charge for ranger activity, £5 per child.

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Paws in the Park

Saturday 18th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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A Real Buzz

Thursday 23rd April
Meet at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
Free

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Foraging for Spring Greens

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Downhill Forest
Free

Forage in the Forest

Saturday 25th April
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£6

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 26th April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3,

Jazz in the Gardens

Sunday 26th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 26th April
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

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On the move – A conference about cycling and connectivity

Thursday 30th April
Reception Room, Belfast City Hall, Belfast
£50, free for CIVINET UK & Ireland members

  
 

NI Offshore Renewable Energy 3 April 2012

Foster launches Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy plan

Energy Minister Arlene Foster today announced the publication of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s vision for developing Northern Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources to 2020 and beyond.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan (ORESAP) has been developed following a consultation process with key stakeholders such as other Departments, marine sectors and the wider public over the last two years.

Arlene Foster said: “The consultation process was very successful and the stakeholder engagement was extremely beneficial for all parties. As a result, we have been able to identify the range of actions needed to facilitate the successful and sustainable development of our excellent offshore renewable resource. I am keen that this engagement should continue as we implement the plan and work with project developers over the coming years.

The first Northern Ireland Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing Round is well underway with the prospect of The Crown Estate offering development rights by autumn 2012 for offshore wind and tidal projects. Such projects will not only contribute to the Executive’s target of 40% renewable electricity by 2020 but will develop further in the period 2020–2030. ”

The ORESAP contains actions to facilitate the opportunities and also address the challenges of offshore development through a range of policy, legislative and operational activity. DETI has also established an Offshore Renewable Energy Forum, involving external stakeholders representing other marine sectors such as the fishing sector and environmental interests, to advise it in the implementation of the plan.

The Leasing Round process, launched by The Crown Estate in December 2011, is offering a single 600MW offshore wind project off the coast of South Down and multiple tidal projects up to 200MW off Rathlin Island and Torr Head. It is anticipated that projects will reach development stages from 2016/17 onwards.

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate said: “The significant work carried out by DETI over the last couple of years in developing this plan has provided an excellent framework within which The Crown Estate is proceeding with the leasing round in Northern Ireland waters. We will continue to work closely with DETI and other key stakeholders as the round and the implementation of the plan progress.”

Arlene Foster concluded: “Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Northern Ireland; an opportunity to contribute to our challenging renewable energy targets and build new industries to serve this growing offshore market. I am keen that all sectors appreciate and realise the benefits that these activities can provide. We will aim to strike a balance between economic, social and environmental needs as we take forward the plan.”