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Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd November
Rea’s Wood Antrim

Co–act for Climate

Monday 4th November
Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Room 01/052, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN


Creating Our Sustainable Future

Thursday 7th November
Queen’s University Belfast, Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

Linen Quarter Regeneration – Café Conversation

Thursday 7th November
Pug Uglys, 21 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EJ

Book Launch “Facing Up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope”

Friday 8th November
Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN


Nature Based Solutions – Benefits that biodiversity can provide for organisations and communities

Monday 11th November
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GS

Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy

Monday 11th November
Malone Lodge Belfast


Sustainable Heritage Tourism Conference 2019

Wednesday 13th November
Marine Hotel Ballycastle, 1–3 North Street, Ballycastle BT54 6BN

The Power of Walking Conference

Thursday 14th November
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast


Mucky Route Repairs

Saturday 16th November
Cushendun, BT44 0PJ

Path Clearing – 40th Anniversary Event

Sunday 17th November
Milford Cutting Co Armagh


Great Autumn Clean–Up

Wednesday 20th November
Initially meet at Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Urban Green Roofs: Policy, Design, Climate, Resilience and Biodiversity

Thursday 21st November
David Keir Building Hub, Queen’s University Belfast

NI Environment Strategy Discussion Workshop

Thursday 21st November
Rural Community Network Offices, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 8EF


Bramble Bash

Saturday 23rd November
Whitepark Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH

Return of the Hedges

Saturday 23rd November
White Park Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH


Act on air pollution: Save lives

Wednesday 27th November
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, BT1 2NJ


Leaving the EU will be one of the most defining events for farming and our environment in living memory. It provides an unprecedented opportunity to revitalise our countryside in a way that balances the needs of everyone, for generations to come.

Much of NI’s landscape is rural. Over 70% of the land area is dedicated to agriculture, with approximately 25,000 farms and nearly 50,000 farmers and farm workers. The agri–food industry, including those involved in the supply chain and processors, employs upwards of 100 000 people making it hugely important for NI. Nature Matters NI believes that the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) has driven agriculture down an unsustainable path, with many of the declines in our natural capital (clean air, water, soil and biodiversity) attributed to agricultural intensification. However, sustainable agriculture can be part of the solution and Brexit poses a once in a generation opportunity to set agriculture on a sustainable footing.

Nature Matters NI is calling for:

  • Public funding for an agricultural support system that includes different incentives that will ensure a sustainable farming industry which rewards farmers and land managers fairly for the environmental services they provide to society, such as; healthy soils, clean water, thriving wildlife and climate change mitigation.
  • A common framework for agriculture in the UK to achieve sustainable management of shared natural resources and address trans–boundary issues such as; climate change and biodiversity conservation, and ensure that the UK Government can meet international environmental obligations to which it is committed.
  • Devolved administrations must be involved in developing the framework. Flexibility within the framework is required so that local priorities can be taken into account.        
  • A strong legislative baseline for environmental legislation. Many of the rules that govern the way we manage our natural resources are derived from EU legislation, which has been good for the environment in the UK. We want to keep these laws to create a solid basis from which to build, working towards environmental standards that are stronger than they are now.
  • A clearly defined transition period in order to provide certainty and stability for farmers and land managers. They need clarity on the duration of a transition period to allow them to plan for the future.

We need new nature friendly agriculture legislation that will enable farmers and nature to thrive together, creating a countryside that is both productive and bursting with wildlife. This animation explains why this needs to happen in Northern Ireland: