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Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 2nd February
The Argory Moy
Normal Admission

Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 3rd February
Saintfield Estate


Public Money for Public Goods – Benefits for farmers, rural communities and the environment

Thursday 7th February
Seamus Heaney Centre, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy BT45 8HT


Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society

Wednesday 13th February
De Vere Holborn Bars, 138–142 Holborn, London
See website for details


Nest Fest

Saturday 16th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission

Path & Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 17th February
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast


CEDaR Recorders Days – Belfast

Wednesday 20th February
Ulster Museum, Belfast


Dry Stone Walling

Friday 22nd February
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Free (lunch provided)

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 23rd February


Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) Training (Therapeutic route)

Tuesday 26th February
Bradkeel Social Farm, Plumbridge, County Tyrone BT79 8BN 307
£240 inc VAT


Irish Conference 2019 Wading into Water: The Assessment and Management of our Aquatic Environment

Thursday 28th February
Radisson Blu, Athlone
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate) £125.00 CIEEM member (Qual or Retd) £75.00 CIEEM Student Member £30.00 Non Member Ticket £175.00 Student (not a CIEEM member) £50.00

BITC Charity Learning Network

Thursday 28th February
Arthur Cox, Victoria House, 15–17 Gloucester St, Belfast
£295 + VAT


Root for your favourite Tree! 4 October 2018

Root for your favourite, as Tree of the Year shortlist is revealed


Image by Michael Cooper

(via The Woodland Trust)

A fairy thorn that guards the grave of an evil wizard, and a monster of a giant redwood – they are just two of six amazing contenders shortlisted by the Woodland Trust in the search for Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year 2018.

The competition aims to highlight and celebrate the country’s remarkable, yet unsung, trees. And members of the public are asked to play a part by simply voting for their favourite from the final shortlist. 

Northern Ireland’s six splendid specimens, chosen by experts from across a number of organisations, are:  

  • Ballymenoch Oak: Turkey oak at Ballymenoch Park, Holywood
  • Hezlett House Spanish Chestnut: Sweet (or Spanish) chestnut at Hezlett House, Castlerock
  • Sandy Row Fairy Thorn: Hawthorn at Sandy Row, south Belfast
  • The Bishop’s Tree: Sweet chestnut, Lumen Christi College, Derry/Londonderry
  • The Giant’s Grave Thorn: Hawthorn at Slaughtaverty, near Garvagh
  • The Giant Sequoia: Multi–stemmed giant sequoia (or giant redwood) at Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan

The process is simple – the tree with the most votes wins and with it comes a tree care award of £1,000. This could assist a health check from a specialist, educational materials or a community event in celebration of the tree.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland said: “We asked the pubic to nominate their best–loved trees – trees with stories – and we’re now delighted to reveal the final line–up of six. From factual history to tales of highwaymen and fairy folklore, each has a fantastic story to tell.

Take a closer look at the shortlist and vote for your favourite tree at 

Voting ends on 7 October!

Read the full press release here…