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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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Env. Protection Agency for NI… 2 December 2015

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today called for views on potential options for an independent environmental protection agency

 

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The Minister has circulated a new discussion document, “Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland” to key stakeholders from business and industry, agriculture, local government and non–governmental organisations. It can also be accessed by the general public here.

Mark H Durkan said: “The restructuring of government departments next May creates an opportunity to put the appropriate structures in place to ensure our environment gets the level of protection it deserves.

“Some key stakeholders have expressed concerns since after May there will no longer be a Department of the Environment, with its functions being transferred across a number of departments. They fear that environmental protection functions will have to compete with other priorities in these new Departments.

“While I share some of these concerns, I also want to seize the opportunity that this offers. Most jurisdictions on these islands and Europe have some form of independent environment body. They have successfully demonstrated the advantages of a clear separation of roles and responsibilities between central government departments and those responsible for overseeing and implementing protection and regulatory responsibilities.

“I believe that an independent environmental protection agency is the way forward and the time to act is now so that this can be factored in to the restructuring plans that are underway. We need to get this right and the only way to do this is collaboratively. I want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible and would encourage them to carefully consider the content of the discussion document and take the time to respond with their views.”

Craig McGuicken, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Link, commented: “The environment sector in Northern Ireland supports the approach taken by the Minister and we welcome the opportunity to participate in this process. We feel that the time is right to review environmental protection in Northern Ireland and have recently initiated research into different models of environmental governance. Our environment underpins the health and economy of our society, and it’s essential that we get this right.”

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