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Feb 2018 right left


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


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’