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Events

 

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Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim
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UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members

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Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast
Free

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Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT
Free

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details

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Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ
Free

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ
Free

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Climate Change and the Historic Environment: A view from Scotland

Wednesday 20th March
Old Museum Building, 7 College Square North, Belfast BT1 6AR
£10.00 – £15.00

CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, RSPB Portmore Lough)

Thursday 21st March
RSPB Portmore Lough Nature Reserve, George’s Island Rd, Gawley’s Gate, Aghalee, Co. Antrim BT67 0DW
See website for details

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 21st March
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT

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Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down
£20

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details

Nature Friendly Farmers’ Market

Monday 25th March
The Long Gallery, Stormont
Free

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details

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Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details

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New Partnership for NI Heritage 6 November 2018

A New Partnership for The Heritage Sector

 

Titanic

 

NIEL, together with some of our members, has been working in partnership with a range of Heritage organisations and the Historic Environment Division to create a new approach and vision for the historic environment in Northern Ireland.

This alliance of Northern Ireland’s heritage organisations, believe that protecting and investing in our heritage is essential to creating a better future. Our heritage supports our prosperity, strengthens our society, and shapes our character.

A range of activities have already been undertaken by this grouping. One of the key elements has been the production of a new ‘narrative’ which aims to briefly set out the opportunities which our heritage presents. ‘Treasure the Past; Enrich the Future‘ seeks to show how heritage can deliver for everyone in our society, and through a wide range of mechanisms.

Supporting Prosperity

We know that heritage is an important economic driver; every £1 invested generates up to £1.60 in extra economic activity. Heritage does this through promoting tourism, finding new life for old buildings, providing an authenticity and uniqueness to our ‘places’ and helping to attract economic investment.

Strengthening Our Society

Heritage improves our quality of life and strengthens our society. It helps to create greater social cohesion by providing a sense of identity and providing opportunities for communities to engage with one another; it provides health benefits (a recent research paper identified the value of visiting heritage sites as equal to £1,646 per person per year) and at a time when the UK is suffering severe housing shortage there are numerous opportunities to provide homes in historic buildings.

Shaping our Character

When we invest in heritage we are protecting and celebrating the character of our region and people. Our heritage makes our places distinctive and helps them to retain their character, allowing them to make the most of their ‘cultural capital’. This ‘sense of place’ underpins our society.

The full document can be accessed here.

 

Heritage Audits

Audits

One of the key elements in developing our understanding of the potential of our heritage, has been the production of 5 ‘Heritage Audits’. NIEL, commissioned by HED and HLF (through th HLF Catalyst Programme), developed audits for – North Belfast, Downpatrick, Armagh, Strabane and Lower Erne. NIEL engaged 3 consultants – Leah O’Neill, Marianne O’Kane Boal and Eddie O’Kane – to take the project forward.

The intention of the audits is to examine the heritage assets in the area, the organisations involved in the management and use of the assets, and the benefits being derived from them.

The exercise has proved very valuable in recommending further opportunities for realising economic and community value from heritage. The final versions of the report are provided below. Historic Environment Division are currently considering how best to take forward the reports’ recommendations, and to undertake audits of further areas.

The reports can be found here:

Heritage Asset Audit – Introduction

Heritage Asset Audit – North Belfast 

Heritage Asset Audit – Armagh

Heritage Asset Audit – Downpatrick 

Heritage Asset Audit – Upper Lough Erne

Heritage Asset Audit – Strabane 

Heritage Asset Audit – Audit Findings and Recommendations