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Greyabbey Bay Ramble

Saturday 4th March
Strangford Lough
Adult £4, Child £1

Daffodil Danders at Springhill

Saturday 4th March
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Daffodil Danders at The Argory

Saturday 4th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Free Open Weekend

Saturday 4th March
Florence Court, Castle Coole, Crom

Dyan Mill, Caledon – Pond Management

Sunday 5th March
Dyan Mill, Caledon


First Opportunity To Complete CEVAS Training in Northern Ireland!

Tuesday 7th March
Greenmount Campus, CAFRE, 45 Tirgracy Road, Co.Antrim BT41 4PS

Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair 2017

Tuesday 7th March
Various, see programme for details
See website for details


Free National Trust Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Normal Opening Hours

Volunteer Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 11th March
Normal Admission, Members Free

Grow Wild and City of Wildflowers – Training and networking event

Saturday 11th March
Malone House, Belfast


Leprechaun Hunt

Friday 17th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

St Patrick’s Day Walk

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward

Saint Patrick’s Weekend

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday 17th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Book Fair

Saturday 18th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sunday 19th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years)


Democracy Day – “Democracy on Trial”

Friday 24th March
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast BT1 2LS

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Saturday 25th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mums at Mount Stewart

Sunday 26th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years)

Get Crafty with Mum

Sunday 26th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 26th March
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15 Child £7.50

Tree Pruning at Gilford Castle

Sunday 26th March
Gilford Castle


Latest Research on the Potential for Social Investment for the Northern Ireland Environment



Building Change Trust in partnership with Northern Ireland Environment Link welcome the launch of a new report on ‘The Potential For Social Investment to Finance The Environment NGO Sector in Northern Ireland’

The research undertaken by New Philanthropy Capital includes an analysis of the current financing for environmental NGOs and considers new and alternative forms of finance, such as an Environment Fund, to support activities in the future.

Representatives from the environment, social investment and wider charity sector will gather in Clifton House tomorrow, Wednesday, 13th April 2016, to consider the findings of the research and the key recommendations made by NPC to assist environmental NGO’s become investment ready in the future.

Nigel McKinney, Director of Operations at Building Change Trust commented: “Since our inception in 2008, we have believed how the Northern Ireland Community, Voluntary and Social Enterprise sector finances itself is a key issue in how it will develop and change for the better.

“This research is the latest piece of work in our Social Finance theme and we are delighted to have worked with NPC and NIEL.

“Between now and when we close our doors in 2018, we hope to see even more innovation and development into how VCSE organisations finance and sustain themselves”.

Craig McGuicken, Chief Executive of NIEL said: “Over the past few years, NIEL has been exploring ways to help the environment sector become more financially resilient, and social finance is likely to be part of the long term solution. “We welcome the NPC report on the potential opportunities for social investment to resource environmental activities and look forward to working with key partners to implement the recommendations to support our membership”.

Abi Rotheroe, a senior consultant at NPC and co–author of the new report, said: “In such a tough fundraising landscape , enterprises clearly need to be a bit more innovative in thinking about raising money. Our research found a real appetite for looking at social investment and alternative forms of funding, and hopefully NPC’s recommendations can help support the sector to do this going forward”.


Pictured L–R:
Niall O’Kane – Carntogher Community Association,

Lynn Simmonds – New Philanthropy Capital

Craig McGuicken – Northern Ireland Environment Link

Dan James – The Eden Project

Bill Osborne – Building Change Trust

Abigail Rotheroe – New Philanthropy Capital

The full report is available here.

An executive summary is available here.

Useful links to additional resources here.

Useful case studies here.

Link to Building Change Trust.

Link to New Philanthropy Capital.

View the 13th April event agenda here.