Cookie Policy

We use cookies to make our website effective and useful for you. To continue, please accept the use of cookies.

I accept

How we use cookies

Northern Ireland Environment Link Logo





Jun 2018 right left


Mid Ulster Vintage Rally

Saturday 2nd June
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £5, Child £2, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd June
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £30, Trailer £15


Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 4th June
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free


Portmuck Geology Walk

Saturday 9th June
Portmuck, Co Antrim
No Charge, Donations Welcome

The World of Moths

Sunday 10th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Launch Event – INTERREG VA Collaborative Action for the Natura Network Project (CANN)

Tuesday 12th June
Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

FSC Tollymore Teacher Training

Tuesday 12th June
FSC Tollymore, Co. Down


Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reserve – Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 17th June
Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reerve

Wild in the Park: Falcons and Friends

Sunday 17th June
Carnfunnock Country Park

International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2018

Monday 18th June
See website for details
See website for details


Specialist Plant Fair

Saturday 23rd June
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Grass Roots Summer Outing

Saturday 23rd June
Downpatrick Area

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 24th June
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free


Fossil Hunting

Friday 29th June
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Jump in Muddy Puddles Day

Friday 29th June
Carnfunnock Country Park

Ragwort Challenge

Saturday 30th June
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Post–Brexit risk “significant” 24 January 2018

Significant risk of reduced environmental protections post–Brexit, reports Greener UK coalition




Greener UK has today published its latest Brexit Risk Tracker, which assesses the UK government’s performance in planning for a green Brexit. It has found that all main areas of environmental policy are still at medium or even high risk of being less protected after we leave the EU.

The government recently published its 25–year plan for the environment, including a pledge to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and plans to consult on a new environmental watchdog. However, Greener UK, a coalition of leading environmental organisations, has found few signs that the environment is a priority for the government in Brexit negotiations, despite the significant impact Brexit could have.

For example, the Risk Tracker finds that air quality, chemicals and waste are still at high risk of seeing lower protection post–Brexit. The UK is in breach of the Ambient Air Quality Directive and its most recent plan in July 2017 was largely similar to a widely criticised earlier draft. Accompanying guidance to local authorities has lacked detail to meet important legal tests. Greener UK is concerned that the government’s approach is an indication of its likely approach to air quality after the UK leaves.

On chemicals, the UK has asserted that it wants to adopt important rules imposed by the EU regulatory regime, REACH, but campaigners have made it clear that this would be far less effective than staying in REACH with access to its database of safety information. On waste, despite the government’s announcement on plastic, Greener UK highlights that WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) has just announced the loss of around 25 jobs, a tenth of its staff, after years of budget cuts from government.


To deliver a green Brexit, Greener UK believes that better co–operation is needed both with the EU and within the UK, and that concerns around capacity to deliver a green Brexit must be resolved.

Greener UK points to disagreements between the UK and EU on emissions trading as exposing divisive tactics that threaten high environmental standards and future collaboration with the EU. The coalition also points to a forum of UK and devolved government ministers responsible for planning Brexit, which has so far demonstrated little commitment to adopting common frameworks that would ensure a high level of environmental protection across the UK.

The Risk Tracker also highlights particular concerns about the capacity of government to plan for and deliver a green Brexit. A recent National Audit Office report has prompted questions about Defra’s capacity to deliver the second most demanding Brexit workload of all departments and to maintain current environmental standards while sustaining significant budget cuts.

Shaun Spiers, chair of Greener UK and executive director of Green Alliance, said:

“Michael Gove has been a highly engaged and effective environment secretary and the prime minister has promised to put the environment at the centre of government policy.

“Yet these green aspirations have not carried over to the government’s narrative on Brexit. There are serious concerns about the level of future co–operation between the UK government and the EU, and the impact this will have on issues such as climate change and air quality. We also fear there is a lack of willpower to ensure high standards across the UK when we lose the common frameworks currently provided by the EU.

“In the last fortnight the government has pledged to be a global leader on plastic waste, but has made swingeing cuts to one of the main bodies charged with reducing it. There are big questions about whether the government is willing to devote the resources necessary to deliver a green Brexit.

“As the government has said, Brexit presents opportunities to restore and enhance our environment. This will not happen without adequate resources and better co–operation between the UK government and the EU, and within the UK.”

Read the full press release here…