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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


Nature “boosts” our health… 23 November 2015

Nature boosts the health of both mind and body




Human beings are being urged to appreciate the potential role of our natural environment in helping us stay healthy and live for longer.

A conference entitled Delivering Health Through The Environment is taking place in Belfast on November 24, bringing together experts from the environmental and health sectors to discuss how they could work together to help save lives and save taxpayers’ money.

Figures in the 2013/14 Health Survey Northern Ireland report revealed that the number of obese and overweight adults in the north had increased to 63 per cent, compared to 59 per cent in 2010/11.

A total of 73 per cent of participants in the survey admitted they felt there was something they could do to make their life healthier, including eating more healthily and being more physically active. Respondents felt that by reducing the amount of stress in their lives and controlling their weight their lives would be healthier.

Separately, mental health statistics for the north show that 250,000 adults and 45,000 children and young people have a mental health need at some point – that is one sixth of the 1.8 million population. Refine NI has said that the rates of depression in Northern Ireland “are associated closely with unemployment, low educational achievement and social deprivation”.

There is no quick–fix or cure–all solution to the numerous factors that affect people’s mental and physical wellbeing but there is an increasing awareness that the environment or natural world can play a role both at a preventative and curative level.

On November 24, 150 environment and health representatives will come together at Queen’s University Belfast to explore the health benefits gained from the natural environment.

The event has been organised by Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), the Centre for Excellence for Public Health at Queen’s, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Belfast Healthy Cities, the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Space & Place programme.

Read more via The Irish News…