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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Excellent progress on ICW scheme 22 October 2014

Kennedy – Excellent progress on sustainable wastewater treatment scheme in Stoneyford




Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £1.3million project by NI Water to deliver what will be Northern Ireland’s first Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) fully sustainable method of treating wastewater is on schedule to be completed before the end of the year.

Construction work got underway in April this year on the innovative and environmentally friendly wetland site where wastewater is cleaned using a natural process.

ICWs are designed, built and operated through human technology and are based on processes that occur naturally within indigenous wetlands providing an environment where the plants such as Glyceria Maxima and Typha Latifolia themselves clean the water.

Danny Kennedy said: “I am impressed with the progress on this sustainable new approach to wastewater treatment.

“The current treatment works in Stoneyford is nearing the end of its useful life and the new replacement ICW will be a flagship project for NI Water and an industry–leading example of how wastewater treatment can be integrated into and complement a local indigenous ecosystem.

“The ICW approach has been developed on natural treatment processes. This is the first time that this innovative solution has been used for municipal purposes in Northern Ireland.

“This is an important and significant step towards the development of more environmentally–sustainable water treatment solutions.”

The ICW method has an established record in Europe of providing a low cost, low energy and low maintenance alternative to mechanical wastewater treatment. NI Water believes that this natural environmentally–friendly solution is particularly suited to rural areas and aims to accommodate the future development needs of Stoneyford, while promoting flora and fauna in a natural ecosystem.

Sara Venning, NI Water’s Chief Executive added: “NI Water is delighted to be able to cater for the needs of a growing population in Stoneyford through sustainable projects such as this. The new Stoneyford ICW will deliver improved wastewater treatment whilst creating an aesthetically–pleasing area, rich in biodiversity, and potentially an educational resource.

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