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Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ
Free

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Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains
Free

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Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD
Free

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above

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An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area
Free

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry
Free

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Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
Free

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Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)

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Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Attwood Responds to Fracking 15 April 2013

Attwood responds to London government announcement to allow fracking to recommence

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today commented on the announcement by the London government that they are to allow hydraulic fracturing to recommence.

Alex Attwood said: “I note the further position of the London government. However, I want to confirm that decisions on fracking in Northern Ireland are strictly for the Northern Ireland government. In particular, I have warned against a head long rush in to fracking and I repeat that today.

“The planning and environment issues around any energy proposal fall to the Department of Environment (DOE). Those responsibilities will be robustly and faithfully honoured on any proposal for fracking. I will make sure that this applies to any action or proposal by Tamboran.

“There has been no planning application lodged to date. If one is forthcoming, it may be judged to be an Article 31, to be decided by the DOE minister. This has happened with other energy applications. Further, in the fullness of time, it may be decided that there should be a public inquiry. This has also happened with other energy applications.

“There is of course a wider and more fundamental issue. That is the question as to how safe is fracking. The science on this is still developing. Research is continuing in Europe, in America and on this island. It will be some time before that research is concluded. This is one of the crucial pieces that needs to be assessed when looking at the fracking picture.

It is also of note that separately today a main adviser to the London and devolved governments – the Committee on Climate Change –advised that efforts should be concentrated on renewables in the future. I agree. Renewables is arguably Ireland’s biggest economic opportunity – electricity self sufficiency, net energy exporters, research and development jobs, engineering and manufacturing growth. We need to fully embrace this.”