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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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Excellent progress on ICW scheme 22 October 2014

Kennedy – Excellent progress on sustainable wastewater treatment scheme in Stoneyford

 

ICW

 

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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