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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
Free

Belfast Festival of Learning

Monday 5th March
Various, see programme for details
Free

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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
Free

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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Free

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NI Allotment and Community Garden Forum

Saturday 24th March
MACCA Centre, Omagh

Easter Fun At Monkstown Wood

Saturday 24th March
Monkstown Wood, Newtownabbey
See website for details

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Outdoor Recreation & Your Community

Tuesday 27th March
An Creagán Centre, County Tyrone

EU Funding for Sustainable Development – Project Ideas Lab

Wednesday 28th March
Sustainable NI, Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast BT8 6RB
Free

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Fish kill blamed on farm waste 25 July 2014

Bessbrook fish kill blamed on farm waste pollution

 

A major fish kill in a County Armagh river is being blamed on pollution from farm waste, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has said.

At least 60 fish were killed in the Bessbrook River, in an incident described as being of “high severity”.

The NIEA said it expected the number of fatalities to rise. When the alarm was raised the source of the farm effluent was immediately stopped.

The pollution was first reported on Wednesday.

Norman Henderson from the NIEA said a stretch of the river about several miles had been affected although the agency had received reports of dead fish as far down as the Newry Canal.

“The Bessbrook River flows into the Newry Canal and then makes its way down through Newry into Carlingford,” he said.

The NIEA has collected samples with a view to pursuing appropriate enforcement action, once the investigation is complete.

“We put together the evidence and we take it to court and its then up to the courts to impose the penalties that they see fit,” said Mr Henderson.

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