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Storytelling by the Fire

Friday 3rd November
Florence Court
Adult £15

Autumn Garden Walk

Saturday 4th November
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Jo’s Walks — The building of Murlough: Part 1

Saturday 4th November
Murlough NNR, Keel Point, Dundrum entrance
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Changing Landscapes: Protecting the environment in a new Europe

Monday 6th November
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


BTO NI Conference

Saturday 11th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
see above

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 12th November
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve Belfast


Innovative Learning using GIS, ICT and Fieldwork

Saturday 18th November
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

Have a go: Dry Stone Walling

Saturday 18th November
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 18th November
Mount Stewart

Family Festive Film Fun

Saturday 18th November
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


NIEA Conference on Water Framework Directive – Future Partnerships

Saturday 25th November
College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Saturday 25th November
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 26th November
Gilford Castle, Gilford Co Armagh

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

Monday 27th November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
See website for details

Scrub Clearance & Conserving the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly

Monday 27th November
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


Action Renewables Energy Association – Hydrogen Economy Seminar

Wednesday 29th November
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
See website for details


The Space & Place Programme is a £15million, 5 year capital grants project that will support local communities to connect people by developing under–used, contested and/or difficult spaces.



The Space & Place Programme was officially launched on the 7th May 2013 at Crumlin Road Gaol.

Space & Place will support the integration of communities, across various divides in Northern Ireland, through the development of local space and place. By reclaiming and transforming derelict and neglected spaces and places, local people can improve their local environment and provide a range of activities that will encourage more people to play a part in their communities.

The programme will give grants of between £50,000 and £1m to communities to make better use of new and existing outdoor and indoor spaces. By prioritising enhanced use of space and resources, it will help build community capacity within and between communities, address isolation and support change through the transformation to safer, more user–friendly and useful spaces for individuals, families and communities.

The Space and Place Consortium, headed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, will deliver the Space and Place programme in Northern Ireland. The Space & Place Consortium is a partnership who will take responsibility for the Programme Management, with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (as lead partner) taking responsibility for the day–to–day operational management of the programme.

The core membership of the consortium, in addition to the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, include: 

Groundwork NI

Northern Ireland Environment Link

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Public Health Agency

Rural Community Network

A dedicated website for the programme has been developed and includes a wealth of information on the programme including information about the programme, how to apply, funded projects and news:

As part of the programme, NIEL have employed a Space and Place Policy Officer to provide an added value learning element – promoting best practice, developing case studies and teasing out the key practice to policy lessons.

More information on the Space & Place Policy Officer can be found here.