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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


New heritage education resource 12 May 2014

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has launched a new learning resource for primary school pupils to help them appreciate historic buildings


Designed by the DOE, pupils will undertake a series of activities which teach them elements of architecture, starting with their own school buildings.

Pupils are then encouraged to broaden their understanding of heritage by looking at the history and the buildings in their own community, through fun exercises, linked to the school curriculum.

The resource, linked to DOE’s European Heritage Open Days weekend, then broadens the activities to encourage visits to historic properties all over Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch in Gracehill Old School, Ballymena, Minister Mark H Durkan said “We are blessed with attractive old buildings in Northern Ireland that vividly portray the rich fabric of our past. It is important that young people grasp the importance of this. This is an excellent resource which will hopefully generate interest among young people in their built environment and our European Heritage Open Days event in mid September, encouraging them to take part with their families and schools. The idea of extending the event by having a ‘Schools Friday’ on the 12th September has really taken off and I would encourage school teachers to get involved and make the most of the extra day designed for school children only. What better way to foster a better environment and stronger economy than to educate our children about our built environment from primary school age.”

Libraries NI have been working with NIEA to create the new education resource since it was piloted last academic year across 25 schools and three libraries.

Irene Knox, Chief Executive of Libraries NI, in helping launch the new schools initiative said: “I welcome this partnership as it ties in with our Heritage Services and our unique heritage resources which can be accessed by any member of the public. This resource is a welcome addition to encourage our young people to develop an interest in built heritage.”

The launch was hosted today by Gracehill Old School in Ballymena which was previously a Building at Risk. The school’s architectural significance and rich history proved a perfect venue for the launch of the new resource. Its new life as a Community Centre is a great example to teachers and children of how historic buildings can be a force for good at the heart of the community.

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