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Feb 2018 right left


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


NIAF meet Minister Attwood 8 February 2012

NIAF Meeting with Minister Attwood

26 September 2011

Present: Alex Attwood, Minister of the Environment, John O’Keeffe (DOE), Malachy Conway (NIAF), Phil MacDonald (NIAF) and Sue Christie (NIAF

We introduced NIAF and discussed number of issues which we had prepared in advance regarding funding for archaeology, HMR opening hours and the need to review procedures (including PPS6) to ensure protection of the archaeological heritage in the face of cuts and realise the full social benefit of archaeology. We acknowledged the need for cuts, but encouraged a more strategic approach to them to avoid disproportionate damage to the archaeological heritage. The virtues of addressing these funding issues through partnerships, innovative funding, new ways of working and advance planning were stated.

The Minister confessed to having limited knowledge of the archaeological heritage but an interest and recognition of its role in sense of place, reconciliation and cultural heritage.

The Historic Monuments Record has been closed to the public but is now going to be open for one hour per week by appointment, staffed by an administrator. The group expressed concern that this could lead to serious problems if information is not available to potential developers; John felt that to date problems were minimal but that an extended closure period could cause increasing problems as the record loses current input. The Minister supported looking at ways to keep the HMR open for extended hours but at reduced cost.

The issue of archives and records was thoroughly explored, including the issue of non–publication of results from developer funded archaeology. The Minister agreed to convene a cross–sectoral summit to look at the scope of the problem and investigate cost–effective ways to address them.

Problems of planning and the need to review PPS6 in light of new circumstances since its publication and RPA aspects were raised. The Minister agreed this was an important issue and that now is a good time to be addressing it in advance of major changes in RPA etc; the issue should be investigated at the summit.

The role of archaeology in heritage, tourism and reconciliation were discussed in response to the Minister’s question. The importance of facilitating public involvement, and in particular providing the opportunities for the public to participate in excavations, were noted. The Minister expressed the view that these wider issues are fully grasped at the Assembly, and that archaeology was a ‘poor relation’ to both natural and other aspects of the built heritage. The Minister suggested that the HLF could look at a broad and big heritage project, perhaps linked to St Patrick. The cross border potential, perhaps working with the Heritage Council, was raised by the Minister; Mal noted that it is important that NIEA is adequately resourced to be able to develop these opportunities.