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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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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.”