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Christmas Fair at The Argory

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

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NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

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

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

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

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
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

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

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Ancient woodland gets a makeover 28 April 2016

Precious ancient woodland gets a subtle spring makeover

(via The Woodland Trust)


WoodlandTrust

Photograph: Rosanna Ballentine

A rare and precious ancient wood, not far from the city of Derry/Londonderry, is showing off a subtle new look.

Funding to the tune of £15,000 from the Loughs Agency has helped to open up the Woodland Trust’s centuries–old Killaloo Wood and its aspiring young neighbour Brackfield Wood.

The two woods line the banks of the River Faughan, in the heart of the beautiful Faughan Valley.  To the south lies Killaloo Wood, with its fragments of irreplaceable ancient woodland (that’s land wooded since at least 1600)1 and, to the north, the Brackfield gem is being created in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Both woods now benefit from enhanced entrances; improved pathways winding along the river’s edge; and new seats and benches, strategically dotted and sure to receive the approval of walkers.  Vital work to stabilise the eroding river banks is set to benefit wildlife, in particular fish and other animals such as otters2.  

According to the charity, the transformation comes just in time for visitors to discover the highlights of spring, not least the shimmering carpets of bluebells that decorate the ancient woodland floor during late April and May.

Gregor Fulton, operations manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Thanks to grant–aid from the Loughs Agency, we’re delighted to be able to invite nature lovers to discover the two woods in their full seasonal glory. 

“Although on the doorstep of the city, this a quiet corner of nature, far removed from the hustle and bustle.  Chances are you’ll be alone with your thoughts, with the exception of the valley’s precious wildlife, and possibly a fisherman or two in search of the River Faughan’s trout and salmon.

Read the full article here…