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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


Healthy Places, Healthy Children 25 February 2019

Belfast Healthy Cities & Education Authority launch new Healthy Places, Healthy Children teaching resource

A new teaching resource for schools that aims to promote the link between the environment and health has been launched. The ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ resource has been designed by Belfast Healthy Cities for Key Stage 2 children.  

The development of the resource, which has already been successfully piloted in more than 20 schools across Northern Ireland, was supported by the Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Education Authority (EA).

The resource, which complements the Northern Ireland Curriculum, will introduce children to the links between the built environment and health and well–being over the course of seven units. It provides an opportunity for children to research their local area; develop proposals on how to make their local environment more child friendly; and provides guidance on how to share their proposals with local decision makers.

Among the schools which piloted the resource was St Kevin’s Primary School where the pupils undertook a research project which assessed the area around their school and identified how it could be improved to increase physical activity and play for all pupils.

The children brought forward their proposals to the school council and presented their proposals to Councillors at Belfast City Council and other agencies. The project ultimately led to an extensive refurbishment of the school playground, introducing new play areas, active learning spaces and a new football and games area.

Speaking at the launch of Healthy Places, Healthy Children, Joan Devlin, Chief Executive, Belfast Healthy Cities, said: “Belfast Healthy Cities has been working with schools right across Belfast for many years to encourage children to find out more about their local environment and see how it can be improved to encourage more active and healthier lifestyles. The new Healthy Places, Healthy Children teaching resource will allow even more schools, and other groups, to benefit from this work and improve their own local environment and well–being.”

Commenting on the Education Authority’s (EA) partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities, Carol Weatherall, EA Assistant Advisory Officer added: “The Education Authority is delighted to partner with Belfast Healthy Cities in creating this beneficial resource for schools. We hope that all schools across Northern Ireland will soon be able to reap the benefits of creating ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’.”

Fiona Keegan, Principal of St Kevin’s Primary School, who were among the schools who piloted the resource, said: “The Healthy Places, Healthy Children programme encouraged our pupils to take the initiative and work together to transform the area around the school into something that allows all pupils to play, learn and enjoy their time at school. Since the play areas and active learning space have been completed, we have seen a change in how the children play, and an increase in their activity, improving their health and well–being. In addition to Belfast Healthy Cities and the Education Authority, we are grateful to Active Belfast and the Department for Communities for they support they have given to make this project a success.”

The Healthy Places, Healthy Children Key Stage 2 Teaching Resource is publicly available for use by teachers, after schools clubs and other groups through Belfast Healthy Cities website. Training videos will also be available to teachers through the Education Authority website