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Greyabbey Bay Ramble

Saturday 4th March
Strangford Lough
Adult £4, Child £1

Daffodil Danders at Springhill

Saturday 4th March
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Daffodil Danders at The Argory

Saturday 4th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Free Open Weekend

Saturday 4th March
Florence Court, Castle Coole, Crom
Free

Dyan Mill, Caledon – Pond Management

Sunday 5th March
Dyan Mill, Caledon
Free

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First Opportunity To Complete CEVAS Training in Northern Ireland!

Tuesday 7th March
Greenmount Campus, CAFRE, 45 Tirgracy Road, Co.Antrim BT41 4PS
£180

Red Squirrels United Knowledge Fair 2017

Tuesday 7th March
Various, see programme for details
See website for details

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Free National Trust Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Normal Opening Hours
Free

Volunteer Open Day

Saturday 11th March
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 11th March
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Grow Wild and City of Wildflowers – Training and networking event

Saturday 11th March
Malone House, Belfast
Free

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Leprechaun Hunt

Friday 17th March
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

St Patrick’s Day Walk

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward
Free

Saint Patrick’s Weekend

Friday 17th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday 17th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Book Fair

Saturday 18th March
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sunday 19th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £24 Child £20 (up to 12 years)

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Democracy Day – “Democracy on Trial”

Friday 24th March
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast BT1 2LS
Free

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Saturday 25th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mums at Mount Stewart

Sunday 26th March
Mount Stewart
Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years) Member Adult £25 Child £12.50 (up to 12 years)

Get Crafty with Mum

Sunday 26th March
Castle Ward
Normal Admission

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 26th March
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15 Child £7.50

Tree Pruning at Gilford Castle

Sunday 26th March
Gilford Castle
Free

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European Tree of the Year result 29 March 2017

The results of the European Tree of the Year contest are in; with an oak, ‘Oak Józef’, from Poland taking the crown (via The Woodland Trust)

 

Old-Homer


Ardal O’Hanlon with Paul Clerkin of LIGHT 2000. Photo courtesy of STV Productions

Northern Ireland’s champion, a remarkable evergreen oak at Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, came sixth – out of a total of 16 contenders from as far away as Estonia. 

The 200–year–old holm oak, now widely known as ‘Old Homer’, can take a well–earned bow after securing 7,101 votes.

Organised by the Environmental Partnership Association, the European contest began in 2011, and this was the second year that an entry for Northern Ireland was submitted.

The County Down veteran, voted Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year 2016, was nominated by Alistair Livingstone on behalf of the local community group LIGHT 2000.

Alistair said: “We’ve worked tirelessly to raise awareness of, and encourage votes for, ‘Old Homer’ – who is now something of an icon. He’s been adored by generation after generation, who have gathered here for school outings, international music festivals and more. And we hope that – with a little helping hand – his huge canopy will continue to provide shelter and shade for centuries to come. “

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland, added: “We want members of the public, and decision makers, to recognise the huge cultural importance of our trees. And this competition provides an excellent opportunity to do just that.

“This oak really has captured the hearts and minds of everyone. Northern Ireland has a relatively small population, which makes the number of votes – over 7,000 – truly remarkable. A huge ‘thank you’ to the LIGHT 2000 team for their determined efforts, and thanks also to each and every person who took the time to vote.


Read the full press release here…