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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5


Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh


Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor


Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY


Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


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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