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Meadow Management & Woodland Glade Clearance

Sunday 2nd September
Straidkilly Nature Reserve, Glenarm, Co Antrim
Free

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Grey Abbey House Open Day

Saturday 8th September
Grey Abbey House, Co. Down
£5

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NI Open Government Conference: Transparency for Accountability

Thursday 13th September
Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE
Free

Nature Nearby: Planning Biophilic Cities

Thursday 13th September
Room 0G/017, Maths and Physics Teaching Centre, Queen’s University Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Beachwatch – A Beach Near Strandford

Sunday 16th September
Strangford, Co–Down
Free

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Productive Woodlands Conference

Wednesday 26th September
Glenarm Estate, Co. Antrim

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NI Environment Week: Valuing the Marine Environment in Northern Ireland

Friday 28th September
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber BT23 6EA
Free

Butterfly Conservation – Trevor Boyd Memorial Lecture

Friday 28th September
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Free

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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 30th September
Saintfield Estate
Free

      
 

Root for your favourite Tree! 17 September 2018

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


Ballymenoch

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.

Read the full press release here…