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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


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’