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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free


Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor


Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House


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