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Community Places Free Planning Advice

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


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

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

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


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


Carbon Management Course

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


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
Adult £4, Child £2


Durkan hosts Freshwater summit 10 January 2014

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has hosted the first Freshwater Summit to help improve rivers and lakes in Northern Ireland


Twenty–five per cent of Northern Ireland’s rivers and six of our lakes are currently not on track to meet the water quality targets set for them. This is mainly due to pollution from a range of sources and changes to the physical condition of the water environment.

The Summit discussed the significant water management issues across Northern Ireland’s freshwater areas including lakes and rivers. The latest assessment of the pressures on the water environment, the progress made towards achieving targets to improve water quality and the challenges that still need to be addressed were also discussed.

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan said: “I called this Summit so an important stock–take on the present state of the water environment in Northern Ireland could be taken and so that we can all agree on the challenges we face to address the pressures on it.

“We have some beautiful and unique lakes and rivers in the North which not only add to our tourism draw but also make for stunning places for people to live around and use for sport and recreation. The Summit highlights how important it is for us to ensure these areas are conserved and protected.”

“There is already great work happening on the ground and I applaud the local community groups and partnerships for working to help their local water environment. With the guidance of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, I am confident we are moving in the right direction but it is still clear to me that we need to do more. Cleaner rivers and lakes will boost recreation and tourism, helping to create a better environment and a stronger economy.”

Recent work to improve freshwater areas includes the cleaning up of St Columb’s Park in Derry, protection against flooding in the Moyola River, the improvement of the blanket bog in the Garron plateau and work in the catchment around Lough Corbet.

The Freshwater Summit included representatives from The Freshwater Task Force, Ulster Farmers Union and Northern Ireland Water.

Mark Horton, Northern Ireland Freshwater Taskforce, an alliance of environmental non–Government Organisations said: “We welcome this summit which has brought together representatives from across Government and the environmental sector to focus on improving and protecting a precious freshwater environment. We believe that this, and future freshwater summits, have the potential to result in meaningful positive action from everyone involved, allowing the challenges still facing the freshwater environment of Northern Ireland to be tackled in a coordinated and effective manner.”

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