ORNI (formerly the Countryside Access and Activities Network) was established in 1999 by Sport NI and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in response to Northern Ireland’s first Countryside Recreation Strategy in 1998. In recent years, we have transformed from an entirely core funded position to now deliver our strategic not-for-profit role under a number of new arrangements including delivering for Strategic Partnerships, Consortia, Service Level Agreements and on a project by project basis.
- supporting partnerships and sharing best practice
- developing local mountain biking trails and community trail networks
- increasing opportunities to volunteer
- employing innovative approaches to provide information on outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly to disadvantaged groups
- supporting partnerships
- sharing best practice
- raising environmental awareness
- supporting the Ulster Way and long distance walking trails using volunteers
- developing community trail networks
- promoting local recreation opportunities across Northern Ireland particularly for walking and cycling
Service Level Agreements
We proactively engage with local councils in Northern Ireland to establish Service Level Agreements. These allow us target our dedicated expertise to enable councils to achieve their outdoor recreation potential. Current Service Level Agreements include:
- Delivery of MountainBikeNI.com Consortium
- Delivery of WalkNI.com Consortium
- Community Trail Plan Planning and Development
- Development of Darkley Forest
- Development of Gosford Forest Park
- Rewrite and reprint of Blackwater Canoe Trail guide
We will continue to identify opportunities where the establishment and facilitation of a consortium is the most viable and cost-effective delivery approach for developing, managing and marketing specific projects. We currently deliver the MountainBikeNI Consortium and WalkNI Marketing Consortium which are partnerships between a range of local councils with the aim to increase local participation and to drive tourism via the respective activities.
UFRC Active Clubs
Active Clubs is an investment programme developed and administered by Sport Northern Ireland, with funding from the National Lottery. Following a successful joint application from Outdoor Recreation NI and the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs the two organisations were granted funding for a four year period. Active Clubs, Walking in your Community and Walk @ parkrun are delivered by our Participation Team.
Project by Project
We will continue to apply for tenders, submit quotations and seek funding programmes via the public, private and voluntary / community sectors to deliver projects which support the delivery of our key strategic priorities. The delivery of this work includes projects in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
We have an extensive list of clients throughout the island of Ireland: