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Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim
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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

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Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

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

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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
Free

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

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

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Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

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

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

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

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CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady
Free

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

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down
£20

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast – Fencing

Sunday 24th March
Knockbracken Alltoments
Free

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

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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

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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

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Castlewellan tree is the Winner 18 October 2018

Castlewellan tree is the one for Northern Ireland

A monster of a giant redwood in Castlewellan, County Down, has been crowned Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year in a search for the nation’s best–loved tree.

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 – decided by a recent public vote – were revealed on BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday evening (17 October).

Northern Ireland’s champion took a well–earned bow having secured 912 votes, against competition from five other worthy contenders.

The giant redwood – or multi–stemmed giant sequoia (to be precise) – stands within the walled garden at Castlewellan Forest Park.  This much–loved veteran, now over 160 years old, was planted as a sapling by the Annesley family, the former owners of the Castlewellan demesne.

With an awe–inspiring 19 trunks, it’s a firm favourite with young climbers, who are suitably amazed when parents point out that the multiple trunks are in fact one incredible tree.

Tree enthusiasts Dr Sally Montgomery of Castlewellan Futures’ Heritage Group and Ann Irwin of Arboretum Regeneration Castlewellan were behind the County Down winner.  Their joint nomination stated:

“This tree was grown from one of the original seeds first brought back to England, from California, in 1853 by the renowned collector William Lobb, working for Veitch Nurseries.  He dashed to the Sierra Nevada in 1852 when he first heard of these monster trees, anticipating correctly that the species, renowned for being the world’s largest tree, would be hugely popular among Victorian collectors.“

The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year competition aims to highlight and celebrate our country’s remarkable trees, and to ultimately ensure they are given the recognition and protection they deserve.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, said: “We’re truly grateful to everyone who has played a part – either by nominating trees or by simply taking the time to vote.

“We had a shortlist of six contenders, each with an amazing story.  Thanks to the public vote, our Northern Ireland winner is Castlewellan’s magnificent multi–stemmed giant sequoia.  Our congratulations go to Ann and Sally – they have worked tirelessly to put their tree, and indeed trees in general, firmly on the map.  And now there’s another fantastic opportunity just around the corner.”

The charity has now set its sights on Europe – that’s the European Tree of the Year competition, run by the Environmental Partnership Association. 

As announced on The One Show, just one of the four country winners will represent the UK in February’s European contest – and it’s up to the public to choose.

Voting is now open.  Visit the One Show homepage to find out more and place your vote.

 

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