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Hedge Planting

Sunday 4th March
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 18th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield
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The Rivers Trust Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday 21st March
Iveagh House, Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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Owls of delight – Challenge Fund 17 June 2014

School and community groups from across Northern Ireland came together on Thursday 12th June to celebrate hundreds of environmental projects which were delivered through the NGO Challenge Fund 2014

 

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan with pupils 
from St. Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island 

Speaking at the celebration event at the Beech Hill House & Hotel, Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan said: “The 2014 NGO Challenge Fund has been a great success. The people of Northern Ireland have delivered more than 250 environmental projects, reinvesting £2.3 million of the proceeds of the carrier bag levy back into communities that contributed to the levy.”

“Be it developing community gardens or removing invasive species, to name but two examples, I very much see the Challenge Fund as the ‘People's Fund'. It inspires local communities to improve their environment and encourages and supports new and existing partnerships between local businesses, schools, environmental groups and residents. I would urge groups across the north to continue to search for projects that benefit their local communities.”

Northern Ireland Environment Link administers the fund on behalf of the Department of the Environment. Chief Executive of NIEL, Craig McGuicken said: “The Fund has been a huge success again this year. It has inspired groups across Northern Ireland to work together and today's event demonstrates the importance of continuing this programme. I believe the NGO Challenge Fund is ready to become a significant and regular element in Government promotion of environmental protection, conservation and enhancement. The use of funds from the Single Use Carrier Bag Levy to fund this community led environmental work is highly appropriate.”

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan planting a 
tree at Beech Hill

Information in relation to the NGO Challenge Fund is available on the NIEL website here.

The NGO Challenge Fund 2014 Report can be found here:

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