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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

   

Agriculture

Approximately 75% of Northern Ireland’s land is used for agriculture. As well as providing our food, it supports our rural communities and provides many public goods and services such as biodiversity, clean water and healthy soils.

Agriculture

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the most powerful factors influencing how our agricultural land is managed. It is currently undergoing a programme of reform, the implications of which will have major consequences for the quality of land management and the delivery of public goods and services by agriculture in the future. The CAP for 2015–2020 should support a more balanced, targeted and environmentally sustainable support programme to address issues such as food security, environmental degradation and climate change. CAP reform measures must include tools that will help restore and enhance the natural and historic environment, creating ecological networks at a landscape–scale to achieve multiple benefits over wide areas of countryside. This reform is necessary to meet the environmental challenges we face, not least the challenge posed by climate change and the need to improve resource efficiency and foster a low carbon climate resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry.

Agricultural land can provide multiple benefits to society. How we use such land can play a pivotal role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, halting biodiversity loss, flood reduction, supporting productive agriculture and shaping places where people want to live and work.

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Representing 14.5 percent of human–induced GHG emissions, the livestock sector plays an important role in climate change.

Agricultural policy costs €57.7billion annually – 40% of the EU budget.

The water footprint of agricultural products contributes by far the largest fraction of the total water footprint of EU27+1.

77% of European citizens want more environmental conditions attached to CAP payments.

16 million Europeans depend on food aid from charitable organizations.

Over the last 10 years, employment in farming has dropped by 25% with an overall loss of 3.7 million jobs.

Annually 90 million tonnes of food, or 179kg per person, or 50% of all edible and healthy food is wasted in EU households, supermarkets, restaurants and along the food supply chain.

The average European household contributes €277 per year to the Common Agricultural Policy (or €1,939 between the period 2007–2013).

The cost of soil degradation is estimated at €38billion annually.

20% of all private sector employment in Northern Ireland is in the Agri–Food sector.

The farming and processing industries contribute around £1billion per annum of value added to the local economy.

Agricultural activity contributes around 26% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland.

Farm numbers and incomes have been declining in real terms for the past 28 years, while Northern Ireland’s primary agricultural outputs are livestock and dairy products, for both local consumption and export.

Arable production has continued to decline since 1981. Potatoes, apples and mushrooms are the main crops for human use, with wheat, arable crop silage and other crops increasing in recent years.

The value of farmland has been increasing rapidly since the mid–1990s to nearly £20,000/ha.

10% of Northern Ireland is woodland. 0.75% of NI is ancient woodland.

In 2011, 444,000 hectares (approximately 40%) of the farmed area in Northern Ireland was managed through the Northern Ireland Countryside Management Scheme (NICMS), the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme (ESAS) and the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS).