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Harvest Workshop

Saturday 1st October
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Free Community Open Day

Saturday 1st October
Giant’s Causeway
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

Saturday 1st October
Causeway Hotel
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Designing SuDS Course – Dublin

Tuesday 4th October
Venue TBC, Dublin
See website for details


Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Saturday 8th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Discover one of Northern Ireland’s ancient treasures this autumn

Sunday 9th October
Drumnaph Wood, Maghera

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Sunday 9th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge


Northern Ireland Planning Conference

Thursday 13th October
Baby Grand, Belfast
See website for details


Brent Watch

Saturday 15th October
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Saturday 15th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome


CEEweb Academy on EU Agriculuture and Green Infrastructure

Tuesday 18th October
See website for details
See website for details


Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 22nd October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Spooktacular

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’een Ghost Trail

Saturday 22nd October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Half–term Hallowe’en Fest

Saturday 22nd October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

International Water Association Regional Conference – Dublin

Sunday 23rd October
Dublin City University, Helix Conference Centre
See website for details

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Monday 24th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 29th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free


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.”