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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


2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch

Tuesday 26th November
Belfast Harbour

NICVA General Election 2019 Hustings Event

Wednesday 27th November
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Act on air pollution: Save lives

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

Hydrogen and Alternative Low Emission Fuels Seminar

Thursday 28th November
e3 Campus, 398 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DU

Climate Change, Decarbonisation and The Net Zero Report

Friday 29th November
Grand Central Hotel, Bedford Street, Belfast
£0 Member. £50 (+VAT) non–Member


Ambitious NI Agri Policy needed 27 February 2018

Proposals for ambitious Agriculture policy launched in England, but what about Northern Ireland? (via Nature Matters NI)




The UK Government has today published a consultation on its plans for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. The consultation entitled ‘Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit’ proposes that public money will no longer be given to farmers for the amount of land they own. Instead it will be allocated for the delivery of sustainable production, environmental enhancement, animal welfare and trialling new technologies to name a few. This will be a significant shift from the current EU funded Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) as DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove seeks fund contributions towards habitat management, flood protection and climate change mitigation.   

However, Nature Matters NI, a joint campaign of leading environmental NGOs, is concerned that without a Northern Ireland Executive, there is a real risk that NI will fall behind the rest of the UK.

John Martin, from the Nature Matters NI campaign said:

“Brexit offers a once in a generation opportunity to reform the NI’s agriculture policy in a way that delivers for farmers and for nature. We are glad to see the environment at the heart of proposals for England, however with no NI Assembly in operation there is no clarity on the future policy direction for Northern Ireland. We are pleased to see reference to working together with other devolved governments through common frameworks where necessary and adherence to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, which highlights agriculture as an area of cooperation. However, there is a clear decision making and policy vacuum for future policy development in Northern Ireland that must be urgently addressed. The Defra consultation will inform the development of the Agriculture Bill which needs to pass through Westminster before we leave the EU (March 2019). Without a NI Assembly in place to form policy or legislate for any future changes, there is clear cause for concern.    

We would like to see the health of the environment at the heart of a future agriculture policy for Northern Ireland to ensure the industry is set on a sustainable path”.

John Carson, an organic farmer and chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network in NI said:

“There is nothing better than nature, farmers are the custodians of rural areas and we want people to enjoy the splendour of the countryside. More information and support is required from the Westminster Government to encourage more farmers to protect nature and wildlife in Northern Ireland.”

The Defra consultation opens today, and will last 10 weeks, closing on the 8th of May.



Nature Matters NI is a joint campaign of major environmental NGOs in Northern Ireland, working together to ensure the best deal for the environment post–Brexit. Created by the NIEL Brexit Coalition in response to the threats posed to environmental legislation and protections by leaving the EU, the campaign is advocating along three major strands: Nature and Environmental Protection; Agriculture and Land–Use Policies; and Marine and Fisheries Policies.

There are approximately 100,000 members of environmental organisations in Northern Ireland, so we know that people care about these issues.

The following organisations are currently involved in the campaign:

  • Buglife
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Climate NI
  • Friends of the Earth
  • NI Bat Group
  • Northern Ireland Environment Link
  • Northern Ireland Marine Task Force
  • National Trust
  • The Woodland Trust
  • Ulster Angling Federation
  • Ulster Wildlife

If you require further information please contact:

Sairah Tariq

028 906 90851
077 0137 2477