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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

Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12th May
Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

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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Heritage & Philanthropy – Belfast Charitable Society and QUB, The Heritage Project

Thursday 18th May
Clifton House Belfast
Free

Candlelit Tour

Friday 19th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Public Good by Private Means?

Friday 19th May
The Performance Area, Linen Hall Library
Free

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

Next steps for renewable energy in the UK

Thursday 25th May
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
See website for details

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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

GIs at the Gaol!

Monday 29th May
Down County Museum
Free

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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

   
Assembly News
Oct 2016
Forms of farm support/subsidy as operated in selected countries and associated conditions

Forms of farm support/subsidy as operated in selected countries and associated conditions
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper looks at the methods of agricultural support that are available to farmers around the world…

Oct 2016
Examples of UK environmental legislation which pre–date EU legislation

Examples of UK environmental legislation which pre–date EU legislation
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The vast majority of environmental policy and legislation in NI, and the UK as a whole, is governed by the EU…

Oct 2016
Aarhus Convention

Aarhus Convention
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The following note is in response to a Committee request concerning the responsible body or depository of the Aarhus Convention…

Sep 2016
Northern Ireland’s environment – background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations

Northern Ireland’s environment – background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper considers some of the areas under environment that may be impacted by leaving the EU…

Sep 2016
Legislative and policy response to the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in the UK and Ireland

Legislative and policy response to the risk of coastal erosion and flooding in the UK and Ireland
Research and Information Service Research Paper

Examines policy response of the UK and Irish administrations to the threat of flooding…

Jan 2016
River pollution in Northern Ireland: An overview of causes and monitoring systems, with examples of preventative measures

River pollution in Northern Ireland: An overview of causes and monitoring systems, with examples of preventative measures
Research and Information Service Research Paper

Examines the potential causes of river pollution…

Oct 2015
Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The following paper considers legislation in Northern Ireland (NI) across GB and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) surrounding Japanese Knotweed…

Oct 2015
Sustainable Drainage System provisions within the Water and Sewerage Services Bill

Sustainable Drainage System provisions within the Water and Sewerage Services Bill
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

There is a range of legislation and policy that promotes SuDS in Northern Ireland. However, there is not…

Sep 2015
Environmental Better Regulation Bill

Environmental Better Regulation Bill
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

This Bill paper gives a brief overview of the Environmental Better Regulation Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 22 June 2015.

Feb 2015
Car free days: A literature review

Car free days: A literature review
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The concept of closing city streets to motorised traffic and opening it up to pedestrians and cyclists first gained popularity in the Colombian city of Bogotá…

Feb 2015
Why do people cycle & what benefits does cycling bring?

Why do people cycle & what benefits does cycling bring?
Research and Information Service Research Paper

This literature review explores current understanding of what makes cycling so attractive…

Feb 2015
Cycling for leisure, recreation and tourism

Cycling for leisure, recreation and tourism
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

It has been a long standing objective of the Department for Regional Development to increase the number of people who use a bicycle to complete everyday…

Jan 2015
Report on the Committee’s Inquiry into Wind Energy

Report on the Committee’s Inquiry into Wind Energy

This report sets out the key conclusions and recommendations of the Committee for the Environment on its inquiry into wind energy, and the evidence…

Dec 2014
Wind Farm Community Benefits

Wind Farm Community Benefits
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The following paper is in relation to a request from the Environment Committee on community benefits from wind farm developments.

Dec 2014
Co–operative Wind Farm Schemes in Scotland

Co–operative Wind Farm Schemes in Scotland
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee for information on co–operative wind farm projects in Scotland.

Dec 2014
Co–op Wind Farms in Northern Ireland

Co–op Wind Farms in Northern Ireland
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

This paper provides information on the Drumlin’s Cooperative which is the first co–operative (co–op) wind farm in Northern Ireland.

Dec 2014
Onshore Wind Power in Denmark

Onshore Wind Power in Denmark
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee. It gives background to wind power in Denmark including an overview of the policy…

Dec 2014
Background for Study Visit: Resource Efficiency

Background for Study Visit: Resource Efficiency
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of ‘resource efficiency’ promoted by ReNEW…

Oct 2014
CAP Reform 2014–20:  EU Agreement and  Implementation in  the UK and in Ireland

CAP Reform 2014–20: EU Agreement and Implementation in the UK and in Ireland
Research Paper

This paper sets out the reactions and emerging implementation decisions of the four countries of the UK.

Jul 2014
Carrier bags – Environmental Impact

Carrier bags – Environmental Impact
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper is an update to the research paper from 2011 Comparison of Environmental Impact of Plastic, Paper and Cloth Bags.

May 2014
Renewable Energy Initiatives within the Public Sector

Renewable Energy Initiatives within the Public Sector
Research and Information Service Research Paper

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of initiatives taken within the public sector…

Feb 2014
The Reservoirs Bill

The Reservoirs Bill
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

This Bill paper provides an overview of the Reservoirs Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 20th January 2014.

Jan 2014
Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on Northern Ireland Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Jan 2014
Planning — Preparing for 2015

Planning — Preparing for 2015
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on Planning – Preparing for 2015

Jan 2014
Electricity: security of supply

Electricity: security of supply
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The following paper provides an overview of evidence presented to the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee on the issue of electricity security of supply.

Jan 2014
Electricity prices: European comparisons

Electricity prices: European comparisons
Research and Information Service Research Paper

This paper compares domestic and industrial electricity prices across 32 European countries. The allocation of component costs on a per kilowatt charge basis…

Jan 2014
Statutory Bodies in Community Planning: Scotland

Statutory Bodies in Community Planning: Scotland
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee on the contribution of statutory bodies to community planning in Scotland.

Jan 2014
General Power of Competence in England

General Power of Competence in England
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The following paper considers the General Power of Competence under the Localism Act 2011.

Dec 2013
Approved Wind Farm Applications and Buffer Zones

Approved Wind Farm Applications and Buffer Zones
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The following paper was requested by the Environment Committee during its consideration of a wind inquiry.

Dec 2013
Report on the Committee’s Review into Electricity Policy

Report on the Committee’s Review into Electricity Policy
Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee Report

Security of electricity supply is about keeping the lights on during peaks and troughs in electricity demand…

Nov 2013
Creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas 18/11/2013

Creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas 18/11/2013
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on the creation of a Network of Marine Protected Areas.

Nov 2013
Climate Change Legislation and Targets

Climate Change Legislation and Targets
Research and Information Service Research Paper

This paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee and gives an overview of legislation containing climate change targets…

Nov 2013
Energy Security

Energy Security
Research Paper

This background briefing paper is presented to inform Members of the North/South Inter–Parliamentary Association (N/SI–PA) on the topic of energy security…

Oct 2013
Wind Turbines: Planning and  Separation Distances

Wind Turbines: Planning and Separation Distances
Research and Information Service Research Paper

The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee. It gives a summary of the planning process for wind development…

Oct 2013
Local Government Bill

Local Government Bill
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

The following Bill paper gives a brief overview of the Local Government Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 23rd of September 2013.

Oct 2013
Community Planning

Community Planning
Research and Information Service Research Paper

The following paper is in response to a request from the Environment Committee in relation to community planning and examples.

Aug 2013
Potential opportunities for and  threats to the local sea fishing industry

Potential opportunities for and threats to the local sea fishing industry
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper provides a brief overview of some of the potential threats and opportunities facing the sea…

Jul 2013
High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing 16/07/13

High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing 16/07/13
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on High–volume Hydraulic Fracturing.

Jul 2013
Review of Operation of PPS21 16/07/13

Review of Operation of PPS21 16/07/13
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on the Review of the Operation of PPS 21: Sustainable Development in the Countryside.

Jul 2013
Waste Crime 16/7/2013

Waste Crime 16/7/2013
Written Ministerial Statement

Written Ministerial Statement on Waste Crime: The Threat of Criminality and Organised Crime.

Jun 2013
Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries

Comparison of the planning systems in the four UK countries
Research Paper

This paper describes and compares the current land use planning systems operating in the four UK countries.

Jun 2013
EU freshwater policy

EU freshwater policy
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper provides an overview of EU water policy since the adoption of the Water Framework Policy in 2000.

Jun 2013
Carrier Bags Bill (2013)

Carrier Bags Bill (2013)
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

The following paper gives an overview of the Carrier Bags Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 3rd June 2013. It considers the steps used to increase the…

Jun 2013
Overview of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

Overview of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper provides an overview of European Fisheries…

Jun 2013
Public sector renewable generation uptake

Public sector renewable generation uptake
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

The following paper uses data from Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)…

May 2013
Overview of the sea fishing sector in Northern Ireland – Spring 2013

Overview of the sea fishing sector in Northern Ireland – Spring 2013
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper provides a brief overview of the current state of the sea fishing sector within Northern Ireland…

May 2013
Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy– Spring 2013 update

Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy– Spring 2013 update
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

This paper provides a brief update on Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

May 2013
Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – Spring 2013 update

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – Spring 2013 update
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

This paper provides a brief update on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

May 2013
Bovine TB and vaccination update – Spring 2013

Bovine TB and vaccination update – Spring 2013
Research and Information Service Briefing Note

This paper gives a brief update on vaccinating cattle against Bovine TB.

May 2013
Census 2011: Key Statistics at Assembly Area level

Census 2011: Key Statistics at Assembly Area level
Research and Information Service Research Paper

This paper contains an analysis of Key Statistics from Census 2011 for Assembly Areas under the following…

Feb 2013
Anaerobic Digestion across the UK and Europe

Anaerobic Digestion across the UK and Europe
Research and Information Service Research Paper

The following paper considers the use of anaerobic digestion in the UK and Europe. It explores the legislative framework in Europe and NI…

Feb 2013
Government Support for Public Transport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Government Support for Public Transport in Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper compares the types and levels of transport subsidy paid in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Jan 2013
Access and Liability Briefing

Access and Liability Briefing
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

The following paper is the briefing given to the Environment Committee on Access and Liability legislation in Northern Ireland.

Jan 2013
A Public Transport Authority for Northern Ireland

A Public Transport Authority for Northern Ireland
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

Public Transport Reform has been based around the formation of a transport authority for Northern Ireland. A number of different organisational models…

Jan 2013
Planning Bill 2012

Planning Bill 2012
Research and Information Service Bill Paper

An overview of the clauses of the 2012 Planning Bill, and will returning to some issues during the consideration of equivalent provisions within the 2011 Act.

Dec 2012
’Green’ job estimates: Northern  Ireland

’Green’ job estimates: Northern Ireland
Research and Information Service Research Paper

A current estimate of jobs in Northern Ireland’s low carbon and environmental sector.

Dec 2012
Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland

Access to the countryside in Northern Ireland
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

Prepared in response to a request from the Environment Committee for information regarding occupiers’ liability in terms of access to the countryside.

Jun 2012
Local Government Reform Past and Present

Local Government Reform Past and Present
Research and Information Service Briefing Paper

This paper considers the past Local Government Reform, before suspension of the reform programme in 2010.