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Events

 

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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
Free

Belfast Festival of Learning

Monday 5th March
Various, see programme for details
Free

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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
Free

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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Free

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NI Allotment and Community Garden Forum

Saturday 24th March
MACCA Centre, Omagh

Easter Fun At Monkstown Wood

Saturday 24th March
Monkstown Wood, Newtownabbey
See website for details

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Outdoor Recreation & Your Community

Tuesday 27th March
An Creagán Centre, County Tyrone

EU Funding for Sustainable Development – Project Ideas Lab

Wednesday 28th March
Sustainable NI, Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast BT8 6RB
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A brighter future for woods… 25 January 2016

Over 40 organisations unite for a brighter future for woods and trees

 

WoodlandTrust

 

The Woodland Trust is leading 47 cross–sector organisations* from across the UK in a call to celebrate, and secure the future of, our trees and woodland by creating a Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

Our country’s woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures from development, disease and climate change. They risk being neglected, undervalued and forgotten.

And the message from the partners is simple: we need to act now before it’s too late.

The call comes some 800 years after Henry III signed the Charter of the Forest (in 1217). The medieval decree re–established people’s rights to access and use England’s forests as all–important places to forage for food and firewood, and places for animals to graze. Today’s charter, with the importance of trees and woodland still firmly at the core, reaches out to every corner of the UK.

The charter will be rooted in individuals’ stories and memories; it will provide guidance and inspiration to shape government policy; and will seek to enlist Charter Champions who will inspire and rally friends and communities to stand up for trees and woodland. Funding will be available for local events and projects that reconnect people with nature.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland, said: “Our collective aim is for a charter that puts trees back at the heart of our lives and communities, and at the centre of decision–making. And we’re kicking the campaign off by asking local people to share their tree stories and memories, so that we can truly recognise the importance of trees to society.

“It’s a movement that’s particularly meaningful to Northern Ireland, where woodland has a turbulent history and, currently covering just 8 per cent of the land, is a scarce and precious resource.”

Chair of the Committee for the Environment, Ms Anna Lo MLA, added: “Trees are the ‘lungs of our planet’. They make an important contribution to our health and wellbeing, and we must value and cherish them. Initiatives such as this are a brilliant way of helping us reconnect with nature.”

 

To read the full press release, please click here…