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May 2017 right left

Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 1st May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 1st May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Behind the Scenes — Bluebell Walks

Saturday 6th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 6th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 6th May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 6th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Flutter by Butterfly Trails

Saturday 6th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blossom Sundays

Sunday 7th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ramble with the Ranger

Sunday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 7th May
Near Bryansford Village
Free

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Song of The Bog Conference

Wednesday 10th May
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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Bluebell Walks at Mount Stewart

Friday 12th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Evening walk at Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast

Friday 12th May
Connswater Community Greenway
Free

Dog Agility at Mount Stewart

Saturday 13th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnownurn Dander

Saturday 13th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 13th May
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music at the Summer House

Sunday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 14th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Candlelit Tour

Friday 19th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Geology Walk at Glenoe Waterfall

Saturday 20th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Vegetation Removal

Sunday 21st May
Gilford Castle
Free

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CEDaR Training Courses 2017

Wednesday 24th May
See table above
See table above

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Soap Making Masterclass

Saturday 27th May
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Explore a Spring Garden

Saturday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10 Child £5

Geology Walk at White Park Bay

Saturday 27th May
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 28th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

RFS NI Woodland Fair 2017

Sunday 28th May
Clandeboye Estate

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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LIFE 2017 call for project proposals: A new opportunity for green jobs and growth

Wednesday 31st May
Brussels, Hotel Crown Plaza – Le Palace Plenary room
Free

   
 

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…