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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free


Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor


Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House


100% Eco–Schools participation 18 February 2015

Northern Ireland Announced as the First Country in the World to Achieve 100% Participation in Eco–Schools Programme




Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has today announced that Northern Ireland has become the first country in the world to achieve a 100% participation rate in the international Eco–Schools Programme.

Eco–Schools is the world’s leading Environmental Education Programme operating in 59 countries worldwide and every school in Northern Ireland has now signed up to be an Eco–School and are working their way towards environmental excellence and the recognition of the prestigious Green Flag award.

Eco–Schools was established in 1994 with Northern Ireland one of the first countries in the world to join. Northern Ireland was also the first country in the world to have one of its schools, Downpatrick Nursery School, achieve the prestigious, internationally recognised Green Flag.

Mark H Durkan, Minister for the Environment, whose Department has provided invaluable support for the programme over the years said: “It is great to see the energy and enthusiasm young people have in helping to improve the environment and I have personally seen it at firsthand. 100% of schools are taking the opportunity to put into practice what they learn about the environment in class, involving the whole school and engaging the wider community is making a real difference towards a better environment and stronger economy.

”Schools across the North have comprehensively embraced environmental issues and are leading the way working with local businesses, councils and environmental organisations.”

The Eco–Schools programme combines learning and practical action for the improvement of the environmental performance of schools. Eco–Schools get involved in all kinds of eco–projects from reducing waste to landfill, to energy saving and healthy eating; developing school gardens or tackling litter issues. It is estimated that schools who take part in the programme and recycle every year could save an estimated £1.1m – with one school in Northern Ireland saving £6,000 by switching off equipment not in use. The programme is coordinated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is operated locally by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

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