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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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North West Lottery Boost 25 June 2018

North West to Benefit form Heritage Lottery Fund Boost

A £1 million push for the Faughan Valley landscape gets underway

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced funding of over £50,000 for the first phase of a Woodland Trust project set to revitalise the Faughan Valley landscape, on the outskirts of Derry/Londonderry.

The funding boost will enable the conservation charity to build plans, over the next 18 months, for a massive £1 million project.  It’s an undertaking that will benefit the valley’s communities, landowners, landscape and wildlife.  

The Faughan Valley runs from the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains along the beautiful River Faughan to the outskirts of the city.  Covering some 80 square miles, it has been identified as an area of strategic importance thanks to some precious natural features. 

The river and its tributaries have well–earned environmental designations in recognition of the huge variety of plants and animals.  And pockets of precious ancient woodland – a habitat even rarer in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK – dot this famously scenic land.  

The Woodland Trust will work with landowners and communities to create a ‘resilient wooded landscape’, with numerous benefits in the offing.

The fundamental aim is to restore, bolster and connect the vulnerable fragments of ancient woodland3.  New hedgerows, for example, will provide a continuous corridor for the valley’s wildlife, which includes the endangered red squirrel.   

It’s good news for people, too.  New and improved access, including quaint bridges, will open up miles of stunning woodland and riverside walks.  And an imaginative education and activity programme will provide the chance for students and members of the public to get to grips with the natural heritage on their doorstep. 

There will be opportunities for volunteers, from surveying sites to checking out invasive species. Volunteers will develop skills and confidence, with some skills rewarded through formal accreditation.

Dave Scott is the Woodland Trust’s Treescape Project Manager and says: “This is an unmissable opportunity for the Trust and for local people.  By creating and protecting woodland, we’re helping to create a resilient wooded landscape that will stay strong when faced with ever increasing threats, such as flooding and tree disease.

“But a robust landscape depends upon people.  We want farmers to see the practical and financial benefits – the natural capital – that trees and woodland bring.  We’ll also be working with schools in the hope that young people will grow up with a real love of nature.  All in all, thanks to HLF funding and National Lottery players, the project means good news for wildlife and for the people who live in, work in, or visit the Faughan Valley.”

 

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