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Celebrating Forty Years of Grass Roots

Saturday 1st June
Saintfield Estate
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Whiterocks Sand Dunes, near Portrush – Bracken Control

Sunday 9th June
Whiterocks Sand Dunes near Portrush
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BioBlitz – Castlewellan Forest

Friday 14th June
Castlewellan Forest Park
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BioBlitz – Jubilee Farm

Friday 21st June
Jubilee Farm, 50 Glenburn Rd, Glynn, Larne BT40 3JY
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Rea’s Wood, Antrim – Himalayan Balsam Control

Sunday 23rd June
Rea’s Wood Antrim
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Built heritage

The built heritage of Northern Ireland is one of the regions prime assets. Our built heritage has 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.

Built heritage

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.

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.

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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.

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).

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.