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Castle Caldwell Forest- Have your say!

1st April 2021

  Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has been appointed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to prepare a Development Plan for Castle Caldwell Forest and Legg’s Wood.   Members of the public are invited to express their views on the future development of Castle Caldwell by taking part in a quick online survey.     Already offering scenic lakeside walks in a mature…

Walking For All Update Report 2021

25th February 2021

In 2019, Sport NI and the Public Health Agency (PHA) formed a partnership with a view to creating a single coordinated led-walking programme within Northern Ireland. The programme is called Walking For All. The Walking For All programme is ‘shovel-ready’.  The attached report is a status report of preparatory work…

Waterways Ireland Launch New Paddling Guidelines

12th March 2021

  Waterways Ireland more frequently receive queries from paddlers on their Blueway network and recreational trail navigations e.g. WRT negotiating locks or passing other craft. Patrick Harkin, Inspector of Navigations has put together the attached advice document which sets out key safety messages and protocols for “navigating” our waters in…

Job Opportunities: Mourne Heritage Trust

25th January 2021

  Mourne Heritage Trust are recruiting for two posts – a new Countryside Services manager and a new joint post with Woodland Trust. Click on the links below to apply. Countryside Services Manager This important post has not been recruited to in almost a decade and a half and offers…

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Launch of Deaf and Disability Consultation Programme – Enhancing accessibility of three AONBs

25th January 2021

  As part of Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust’s commitment to making their three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty accessible and enjoyable for all they are working with Direct Access and have just launched a three-month consultation programme with deaf and disabled people to identify key locations within the…

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Job Opportunity: Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP)

25th January 2021

LELP are currently recruiting for the post of Environmental Education Officer to join the team. An exciting 9 month opportunity to work as part of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) in Fermanagh during 2021. LELP is a £2.6m partnership programme, delivering 23 projects over 5 years with funding support…

To Recovery & Beyond: The Future of Travel & Tourism in the Wake of COVID-19

4th January 2021

  COVID-19 has caused many setbacks over the world and will continue to do so, not least for the Travel and Tourism sector, which has come to a near-total standstill. However, the industry remains optimistic in the face of adversity. The report produced by World Travel & Tourism Council in…

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Dormant Accounts Fund NI

22nd December 2020

  Dormant Accounts Fund NI will support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases capacity and sustainability. Funding size is up to £100’000 for individual organisations and will open on 12th January…

Community Heritage Fund Applications

22nd December 2020

  The National Lottery Heritage Fund  will be opening Phase 2 of their funding grants on February 8th 2021. They will be offering grants of between £100,000 to £250,000 and £250,000 to £5m for projects based in Northern Ireland that will encourage engagement with their local heritage. The Community Heritage…

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Launch of Discussion Document on a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill

10th December 2020

  The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking the views of individuals, organisations and business across society in order to understand public views as to what a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill should like. The Discussion Document sets out options, with analysis and questions for your…

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Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland

10th December 2020

  DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots, today published a discussion document highlighting three specific elements of the UK Government’s Environment Bill, currently making its way through Parliament. The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on a number of environmental governance issues that arise due to UK…

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Launch of Clean Air Strategy Discussion Document

3rd December 2020

  The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a Discussion Document in advance of developing the first Clean Air Strategy for Northern Ireland.  The Discussion Document presents evidence and research on a range of ambient air pollutants. It also outlines the current policy and legislation and…

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UK Outdoors Transformation Group Update – September 2020

8th October 2020

  Over the last few months the work undertaken by the UK Outdoors Transformation Group has picked up in terms of pace and the scope. The focus still remains on the Association for Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC), Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), and the Outdoor Council (OC) continuing…

Job Opportunities – Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership Scheme

17th September 2020

  Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, as the lead partner, has received permission from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the £3.4m Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership Scheme This exciting 5-year scheme will work with and on behalf of local communities to explore, enhance, conserve, and improve…

Key Stakeholders – Sport and Physical Activity Strategy 2020 to 2030 and beyond – Pre-consultation survey

9th September 2020

  The Department for Communities is developing a new Sport and Physical Activity Strategy for Northern Ireland to cover the period to 2030 and beyond. The new strategy will build on the successful foundations of the Sport Matters strategy which was published in 2009 and which continues to guide Government…

Tourism NI launches Web Development Programme

24th July 2020

  Tourism Northern Ireland has announced the launch of the Website Development Programme 2020-21. The programme is designed to improve the attractiveness and bookability of Northern Ireland’s visitor experiences. It will assist tourism providers to market and sell their experiences through improved web provision given the market pressures within the…

Updating ‘Countryside for All’ Good Practice Guide – Have your say

1st July 2020

  Paths for All has commissioned Sensory Trust to carry out an initial review of the ‘Countryside for All good practice guide’ which was originally produced by Fieldfare Trust. The guide continues to be the key reference document for improving access to the countryside and greenspace and Paths for All…

Sport NI’s Proposed Financial Response to COVID-19 – Consultation

1st July 2020

  Sporting organisations have responded tremendously during the Covid-19 global pandemic, with many still playing a pivotal but quite different role within their communities.  However, Sport NI recognise that some organisations are still facing difficult challenges and that these organisations need their support. On 10 th June 2020, the Sport…

DAERA £800,000 Environment Challenge Fund Competition Launched

24th June 2020

  Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced an £800,000 Environmental Challenge Fund Competition, to support environmental projects across Northern Ireland. The Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver key environmental priorities across Northern Ireland. It is envisaged that the majority of grant awards will be between…

Sport NI COVID-19 Survey: Understanding the current sporting landscape in Northern Ireland

30th May 2020

  Sport NI is conducting the COVID-19 Survey: Understanding the current sporting landscape in Northern Ireland survey to better understand the range of challenges that sports organisations are facing at this time. The online survey should take about 20 minutes to complete Sport NI recognises that organisations have responded tremendously…

VSG – COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance

28th May 2020

  VSG COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance – Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers  The UK and Ireland wide Visitor Safety Group has published COVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance - Working Practices for Landowners and Countryside Managers. The guidance seeks to cover the key areas all landowners and countryside managers will need…

European Network of Outdoors Sports – Manifesto for the Outdoors

28th May 2020

  In the context of the COVID-19 health crisis, the European Network of Outdoors Sports (ENOS), of which Mike McClure, Sport Northern Ireland is current chair, has taken action to highlight the added value that outdoor sports can bring for individuals and communities and can be used to help in…

Ireland Staying Active During COVID-19 Restrictions – Sport Ireland Research

27th May 2020

  Additional 500,000 regular walkers; 450,000 runners; 220,000 cyclists Percentage of inactive adults drops 8% from same period in 2019 Active adults report significantly higher levels of self-rated physical health compared to inactive adults.   Download Report 1 - Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking Download Report 2…

Sport Wellbeing Hub Launched

24th April 2020

Sport NI in partnership with the PHA has announced the launch of The Sport Wellbeing Hub in response to the COVID 19 challenge. The Hub is unique. It provides instant access to helpful information, guidance and screening that is tailored specifically to help care for our wellbeing needs. The COVID-19…

Everyday connections required to help tackle nature crisis

28th February 2020

New research released by the National Trust shows those with an active ‘engagement’ with nature are more likely to help tackle the nature crisis. Download Full Report   Those who make small, every day connections with nature are much more likely to take action to protect it.  Some of the…

The Space to Thrive – review on the social benefits of urban green spaces

25th February 2020

The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, have published 'Space to Thrive' -  an evidence review on the social benefits of urban green spaces, including the benefits to health and wellbeing. Download Full Report  The Space to Thrive report was conducted by researchers from…