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Garden Fair

Sunday 1st July
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Outdoor Adventures at Crom

Sunday 1st July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 1st July
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 4th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 5th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Music by the Lake – Midnight Graffiti

Saturday 7th July
Crom
Adult £10, Member Adult £10

Car Bazaar

Saturday 7th July
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Rock Pool Picnic

Saturday 7th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £5, Member Adult Free, Child £3

Jo’s Walks: Duneland Flowers

Saturday 7th July
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music in the Park

Sunday 8th July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 11th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 12th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Butterfly Safari 1

Saturday 14th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Celebrating and reflecting on the Aarhus Convention on its 20th anniversary

Saturday 14th July
The Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Henrietta St, Inns Quay, Dublin 1

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 18th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bug Detectives

Wednesday 18th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Sunday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £20.50, Child £10.25, Member Adut £10 Child £5

Summer Music Series

Sunday 22nd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

The Future of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland

Monday 23rd July
Queen’s University Belfast School of Law, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower, Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 25th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 25th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 26th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 27th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Butterfly Safari II

Saturday 28th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 29th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Local Nature Reserve – Facelift 19 September 2017

A breath of fresh air for Local Nature Reserve

 

Monkstown Wood, in the historic County Antrim village of the same name, is set for a facelift.

This urban woodland has received a funding injection of £65,000, made up of £20,000 from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and almost £45,000 from Biffa Award; a multi–million–pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cared for by the Woodland Trust, the wood is described by The Independent as “a small gem wedged between industrial buildings and a river”.  

The river is the glorious Three Mile Water and the gem has the added advantage of linking with the Newtownabbey Way, a popular walking/cycling path that runs from Newtownabbey to the shores of Belfast Lough. 

Some 17 years ago, the conservation charity planted thousands of native trees here – a flourishing and towering mix of oak, rowan, alder and wild cherry. And more recently Monkstown Wood was declared a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its importance to people and wildlife.

Rosie Irwin is the Woodland Trust’s contracts manager and said: “This wood is already well used by local people and groups, from dog walkers to anglers. But, with the forthcoming improvements, we want to put Monkstown firmly on the map. We want it to become a favourite with everyone – nature lovers and visitors from further afield.”
The transformation will get underway this September, with works including improved access, new and improved pathways, quaint stone walls, way–markers, benches and interpretation boards. 

The new pathways will take walkers a step closer to nature: one route will provide access to an adjacent council–owned wildflower meadow, while another will offer a closer look at the Three Mile Water.

Rosie continued: “The Three Mile Water Conservation & Angling Association have carried out extensive wildlife surveys of the important river corridor. They’ve worked tirelessly for years to improve the river quality – partly for the population of trout and salmon, but with other wildlife benefiting too. Kingfishers, dippers, otters and Daubenton’s bats are just some of the creatures spotted.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, added: “This urban woodland is a stunning green space loved by the local community. Biffa Award are proud that with Landfill Communities Funding we are able to support this ambitious project and create an even better space that will attract visitors to travel to Monkstown.”

Monkstown Wood can be accessed via Monkstown Road, just off the Doagh Road, Newtownabbey. It will officially show off its new look next spring.

To find out more search for Monkstown Wood online at

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/?woodId=5258&woodName=monkstown-wood