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Mar 2019 right left


Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim


UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members


Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast


Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details


Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady


Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details


Castlewellan Tree Comes Second 1 November 2018

Castlewellan tree takes a well–earned bow

A much–loved giant redwood in Castlewellan, County Down, has been voted runner–up in the search for the UK’s Tree of the Year.

This mighty redwood – also known as a giant sequoia – was recently crowned Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year.  Organised by the Woodland Trust, the competition was open to any living tree in the UK – with Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales each having its own contest. 

The four country winners made their debut on BBC’s The One Show earlier this month, when viewers were asked to vote for one of the four to represent the UK in next year’s European Tree of the Year competition.

The votes are in and, as revealed on The One Show (on Tuesday 30 October), Nellie’s Tree in Leeds is the UK champion.  It’s a tree that has wooed the public with a romantic tale of young love.

Our County Down favourite, nominated by Dr Sally Montgomery and Ann Irwin, can stand tall having secured the runner–up spot. 

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland and said: “Our hearty congratulations go to each of the country winners and, of course, to Nellie’s Tree – a worthy and wonderful UK champion.  We hope that everyone will support Nellie’s Tree next February in the European competition.

“However, special congratulations must go to our Castlewellan runner–up.  This multi–stemmed giant sequoia, which stands within the walled garden at Castlewellan Forest Park, really has captured the hearts of local people.  It’s an amazing result – and it’s all thanks to the efforts of Ann Irwin and Sally Montgomery who have campaigned tirelessly to put this magnificent tree in the limelight.”

The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year competition aims to highlight and celebrate our country’s remarkable trees.