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Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ
Free

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Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains
Free

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Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD
Free

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above

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An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area
Free

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry
Free

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Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh
Free

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Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)

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Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Built heritage

The landscape of Northern Ireland has been shaped by man for over 9,000 years, leaving a wealth of historic monuments, buildings and archaeology which provide a valuable link to our past.

Built heritage

While many think of built heritage as resilient, it is in fact vulnerable to change. A legacy of inappropriate development and neglect has resulted in the deterioration of the built heritage in Northern Ireland. Climate change also poses significant risks which are likely to come from rainfall variations and extreme weather events – especially from wetter, milder winters that may cause a shift in the mode and rate of weathering patterns, and the threat of loss of fabric in vulnerable buildings and archaeology. Land subsidence, increased storm events and coastal processes will also present challenges to the built heritage.

The built heritage of Northern Ireland is now being recognised as one of the regions prime assets. Our built heritage has also long been recognised as an attraction to visitors, but there is massive scope to development this role in tourism and place–making further – for the good of society and of the heritage itself. NIEL work to promote a more strategic approach to the built heritage sector and the economic benefits it can bring to Northern Ireland.  

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum. NIAF facilitates individuals and organisations who work to study, protect and promote the built heritage of the region. By raising the profile of the historic environment with the public and politicians, the Forum works to ensure that our heritage is valued and maintained for the future.

Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum (NIAF)

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In recent years, the condition and use of 127 important historic buildings has improved through provision of NIEA grants for repair and maintenance.

In 2011, visitor/heritage centres accounted for 13% of all visits to Northern Ireland and 11% of all visits were for historic properties.

Northern Ireland’s top historic attractions include the Botanic Gardens in Belfast (689,000 visitors), Derry City Walls (248,000), the Carrick–a–Rede Rope Bridge (238,000) and Mount Stewart House (150,000).

There has been a 26% increase in the number of scheduled monuments rising from 1,513 in 2001/02 to 1,900 in 2011/12.

The total number of protected buildings is estimated to be around 8,500 in Northern Ireland.

The total number of historic monuments is estimated to be around 200 in Northern Ireland.

There has been a modest increase in the number of buildings listed in recent years with a total of 8,497 statutory listings in 2011/12, compared to 8,191 in 2003/04.