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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Water Northern Ireland Conference 2018

Thursday 22nd February
Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP
Contact for details

Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


The Northern Ireland Land Matters Task Force (LMTF) is a coalition of sectoral organisations seeking to influence and inform appropriate management, planning and protection of Northern Ireland’s limited land and landscape resource.







A key aim of the Task Force is to promote the need for a high level cross–cutting, strategic approach to landscape and land use planning, management and stewardship in Northern Ireland’. Two primary tasks currently being undertaken by the Task Force include:

1. Informing the development of the NI Landscape Charter

2. Developing proposals/recommendations for a NI Land Strategy


Towards A Land Strategy for Northern Ireland

“Towards A Land Strategy for Northern Ireland” reviews the contributions that land makes to the economic and social fabric of Northern Ireland and the realisation of sustainable development and the principle pressures placed on the overall resource. Compilation of this report was informed by a range of stakeholder perspectives, and from detailed observation of the development of the Scottish Land Use Strategy.

LMTFClick on the links below to read more…

Towards a Land Strategy for NI report launched

Towards a Land Strategy for NI – Briefing

Towards a Land Strategy for NI – Main Report

An event was held in at Clifton House in November 2013 to explore options for a strategic land policy for Northern Ireland. Presentations from the event can be accessed below:

Professor Greg Lloyd (University of Ulster) A Land Use Strategy for Northern Ireland

Sally Thomas (Scottish Government) The Scottish Land Use Strategy; experiences and lessons

Peter Mullin (Landscape Institute) Progressing a Landscape Charter – the opportunities and issues presented by RPA 

Ian Doyle (Heritage Council) Landscape Policy in Ireland – insights from the Heritage Council

The Northern Ireland Land Matters Task Force (LMTF), informed by outcome of the event, identified the positive contribution that a Land Strategy could make in Northern Ireland. In conjunction with the RSPB, the LMTF appointed the James Hutton Institute to develop proposals and recommendations for a Northern Ireland Land Strategy (March 2014). 

Following telephone interviews with Northern Irish stakeholders, a stakeholder workshop and ongoing feedback from the LMTF a rationale, vision and underlying principles for a NI Land Strategy have been developed. The final report is expected to be published by James Hutton before the end of August (2014).  

LMTF comments on the NI Landscape Charter can be found here.

Membership of the task force is open to all interested parties within the NGO sector and other representative organisations. Organisations currently represented on LMTF include:

Belfast Hills Partnership;
Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust;
Council for Nature Conservation and Countryside;
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens;
The Heritage Council;
Landscape Institute NI;
Mountaineering Ireland;
Mourne Heritage Trust;
National Trust;
Northern Ireland Environment Link;
Northern Ireland Tourist Board;
Quarry Products Association NI;
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds;
Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership;
Ulster Farmers’ Union; and
Ulster Wildlife

Dr Jonathan Bell
Northern Ireland Environment Link
89 Loopland Drive
Tel: 028 9045 5770