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Garden Fair

Sunday 1st July
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Outdoor Adventures at Crom

Sunday 1st July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 1st July
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 4th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 5th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Music by the Lake – Midnight Graffiti

Saturday 7th July
Crom
Adult £10, Member Adult £10

Car Bazaar

Saturday 7th July
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Rock Pool Picnic

Saturday 7th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £5, Member Adult Free, Child £3

Jo’s Walks: Duneland Flowers

Saturday 7th July
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music in the Park

Sunday 8th July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 11th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Thursday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 12th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Butterfly Safari 1

Saturday 14th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

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Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 18th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bug Detectives

Wednesday 18th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Sunday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £20.50, Child £10.25, Member Adut £10 Child £5

Summer Music Series

Sunday 22nd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

The Future of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland

Monday 23rd July
Queen’s University Belfast School of Law, Moot Court Room, Main Site Tower, Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 25th July
Mount Stewart
£8 per participant

Explore more with a Ranger

Wednesday 25th July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Creatures of Crom

Thursday 26th July
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 27th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Butterfly Safari II

Saturday 28th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 29th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Monkstown Wood to Show New Look 16 March 2018

Monkstown Wood to Show off new look with Easter Event

Families are invited to put a spring in their step at the Woodland Trust’s Monkstown Wood, in the historic village of Monkstown, Newtownabbey. Saturday 24 March, from 12pm to 4pm, is the date for the outdoor diary.

The Woodland Trust team will point you in the right direction.  Then search for the hidden clues to complete a self–guided trail through this flourishing Local Nature Reserve.  Young nature detectives, having completed the woodland adventure, will each be rewarded with a tasty Easter treat.

This urban woodland can’t wait to show off its new look, made possible thanks to funding of £65,000 – that’s almost £45,000 from Biffa Award1 and £20,000 from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

The facelift includes improved access, new and improved paths, way–markers, benches and interpretation boards.

The new pathways beckon walkers to step closer to nature.  One route provides access to an adjacent council–owned wildflower meadow, while another offers a closer look at the neighbouring river, the glorious Three Mile Water.

Michelle McCaughtry is the Woodland Trust’s people engagement officer and said: “This will be a fantastic day out for families in the run–up to Easter.  It’s a chance for children to get outdoors and to get to grips with nature, and a breath of fresh air for the adults, too. 

“We’ve come up with a really fun and informative woodland trail.  And with a chocolate prize at the end of the adventure, I imagine there’ll be lots of happy faces.

“Thanks to funding, we’ve been able to give Monkstown Wood the boost it deserves and it’s now ready and waiting to be explored by everyone, local people and visitors from further afield.” 

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, added: “We are thrilled to see the difference the funding has made and how the wood has been made more accessible. Bringing people closer to nature is vital and we hope that the regeneration of this area will make a big difference to the community using it.”

Children from the nearby Hollybank Primary School were among the first to inspect the improvements, while making their own contribution.  The youngsters recently rolled up sleeves to plant over 150 trees – a mix of alder, hazel and birch.

Booking in advance is essential. Find out more and boot a slot at www.woodlandtrust.rog.uk/events or call 0330333 5302.  The cost is £3 per child.  Monkstown Wood can be accessed via Monkstown Road, just off the Doagh Road Newtownabbey.

 

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