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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


”Learning Outdoors” Seminar 23 May 2013

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today officially opened the “Learning Outdoors: enriching the curriculum and inspiring children” seminar at Stranmillis University College


The College, in partnership with the DOE and Sport Northern Ireland, is encouraging School Principals and policymakers to enable children to benefit from learning outdoors.

Opening the Seminar Minister Attwood commented: “Today marks a fresh opportunity for our youngest people. For too long the outdoors has been presented as hazardous and dirty. Our young children need to be able to explore their natural environment in order to better understand it. That is the great value in the event. It builds on the eco– schools project. It creates new environment choices for schools and children.

“By learning outdoors, the teachers will encourage children to be active and learn about the environment. It will improve children’s attitudes towards the environment by encouraging all to reduce waste, save water and increase biodiversity which benefits our environment and economy.”

The seminar aimed to take a fresh look at integrating outdoor learning into the everyday curriculum for primary and nursery aged children.

Mike McClure, representing Sport Northern Ireland, commented: “Getting outdoors and closer to nature has all sorts of benefits for our children. It keeps them fit, they can learn about the world around them and most of all it is fun.

“Sport Northern Ireland aims to increase children’s understanding of the need to be active for at least 60 minutes every day, and there’s nothing children enjoy more than exploring outdoors. Learning outdoors gives children opportunity for problem solving, environmental learning and teamwork.”

Examples of best practice already in Northern Ireland were showcased in a series of short case studies from Nursery and Primary schools as well as the RSPB and TidyNI, who run Eco–Schools.

Commenting at the end of the oversubscribed event, Stranmillis University College Principal, Dr Anne Heaslett said: “I congratulate everyone involved in organising this extremely successful event and welcome the Minister’s endorsement. Understanding, appreciating and engaging with the natural environment is a key priority in the 21st century. Stranmillis University College intends to develop this further and ensure that learning outdoors, in all its forms, becomes an integral part of all courses offered at Stranmillis, starting initially with Early Years education.”

Stranmillis College intends to develop this further and ensure that learning outdoors in all its forms becomes an integral part of all courses offered at Stranmillis, starting initially with early years training.