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May 2018 right left


Community Places Free Planning Advice

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


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

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

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


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


Carbon Management Course

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


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
Adult £4, Child £2


NIEL Recommendations for Built heritage

  • Investment in research and technology to assess, monitor and predict the potential impacts of climate change on the built heritage
  • Development and implementation of science–based mitigation and adaptation policies and practices to address climate change impacts on built heritage
  • Development of policy and guidance to promote conservation/renovation of listed and vernacular buildings as an alternative to replacement/new build and as a means of stimulating economic growth
  • Development of cross–sectoral partnerships, innovative uses and targeted incentives to bring the buildings on the ‘At Risk’ register (BHARNI) back into use
  • Engagement of NGOs in partnership programmes for the restoration and maintenance of sites of built heritage importance, utilising their access to experience, resources and volunteers
  • Promotion of traditional skills and employment through local ‘skills directories’ and delivery of traditional building skills programmes to ensure a new generation of skilled craftspeople for the future

  • Promotion of retrofitting and sustainable refurbishment of historic properties in order to contribute towards a more energy efficient, carbon neutral society

  • Promotion of the built heritage as an economic driver in Northern Ireland by highlighting its inherent value. DOE’s ‘Study of the Economic Value of Northern Ireland’s Historic Environment’ has highlighted that, for every pound of Listed Building Grant Aid invested, there was on average a £7.65 return and for every pound spent by NI core organisations for the historic environment, private sector (construction and out–of–state tourists) spent £3–4
  • Heightened implementation of the use of enforcement tools such as Repairs Notices and Compulsory Purchase Orders, to address recurring issues that impact negatively on the regeneration of a historic asset or area

  • Consideration of short and medium term opportunities that our built heritage can offer to tackle issues such as heritage crime and high levels of vacancy. Concepts which explore temporary reuse and ‘security through occupancy’, such as ‘Meanwhile’ and ‘pop–up’ uses and ‘guardian tenants’ should be explored

  • Encouragement of community–led regeneration projects which enable local trusts, co–operatives and groups to take ownership of their historic assets through asset transfer, social enterprise and co–operatives

  • Promotion and facilitation of increased capacity building in the heritage sector through programmes such as NIEL’s fundraising capacity building and training programme – ‘Investing in Northern Ireland’s Heritage’