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Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd November
Rea’s Wood Antrim

Co–act for Climate

Monday 4th November
Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Room 01/052, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN


Creating Our Sustainable Future

Thursday 7th November
Queen’s University Belfast, Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

Linen Quarter Regeneration – Café Conversation

Thursday 7th November
Pug Uglys, 21 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EJ

Book Launch “Facing Up to Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope”

Friday 8th November
Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN


Nature Based Solutions – Benefits that biodiversity can provide for organisations and communities

Monday 11th November
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GS

Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy

Monday 11th November
Malone Lodge Belfast


Sustainable Heritage Tourism Conference 2019

Wednesday 13th November
Marine Hotel Ballycastle, 1–3 North Street, Ballycastle BT54 6BN

The Power of Walking Conference

Thursday 14th November
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast


Mucky Route Repairs

Saturday 16th November
Cushendun, BT44 0PJ

Path Clearing – 40th Anniversary Event

Sunday 17th November
Milford Cutting Co Armagh


Great Autumn Clean–Up

Wednesday 20th November
Initially meet at Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Urban Green Roofs: Policy, Design, Climate, Resilience and Biodiversity

Thursday 21st November
David Keir Building Hub, Queen’s University Belfast

NI Environment Strategy Discussion Workshop

Thursday 21st November
Rural Community Network Offices, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown, Co Tyrone BT80 8EF


Bramble Bash

Saturday 23rd November
Whitepark Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH

Return of the Hedges

Saturday 23rd November
White Park Bay, 152 Whitepark Road, Ballintoy BT54 6NH


2019 NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Results Launch

Tuesday 26th November
Belfast Harbour

NICVA General Election 2019 Hustings Event

Wednesday 27th November
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Act on air pollution: Save lives

Wednesday 27th November
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, BT1 2NJ

Hydrogen and Alternative Low Emission Fuels Seminar

Thursday 28th November
e3 Campus, 398 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DU

Climate Change, Decarbonisation and The Net Zero Report

Friday 29th November
Grand Central Hotel, Bedford Street, Belfast
£0 Member. £50 (+VAT) non–Member


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…