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 throughout Northern Ireland and increasingly the Republic of Ireland.

Strategic Partners

 

As one of the organisations that proposed our establishment back in 1999, Sport NI continues to recognise us as a strategic partner to deliver on key objectives of Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009-2019 and Our Great Outdoors: The Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for Northern Ireland. Key areas of focus are:
  • 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
ORNI receives funding through NIEA's competitive Natural Environment Fund grant programme. Key areas of focus include:
  • improved recognition of how outdoor recreation can deliver on the draft PfG outcomes and government strategies
  • outdoor recreation mapping and assessment of demand and value
  • visitor monitoring / data collection and reporting
  • coordination and dissemination of information among the outdoor recreation sector in Northern Ireland
  • providing clear information of what people can do near to where they live
  • volunteering programme
  • identify, plan and develop a community trails to provide 'doorstep walking' opportunities in a rural community
  • promotion of environmental responsibility and good practice
Tourism Northern Ireland provides funding to ORNI through its Strategic Partnership Grant Scheme. The key area of focus is to provide high quality and accurate content to DiscoverNorthernIreland.com.

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:

 

Key areas of focus:
  • Delivery of MountainBikeNI.com Consortium
  • Delivery of WalkNI.com Consortium
  • Community Trail Plan Planning and Development
Key areas of focus:
  • Delivery of Gosford Forest Park - Iconic Play Project
  • Assessment of heritage potential of Gosford Forest Park
  • Delivery of play project within Carnagh Forest
  • Strategic review of Council's support to canals throughout the Borough

Consortiums

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.

Walking for All

Walking for All Project aims to create one well resourced walking scheme for Northern Ireland aimed at getting those who are inactive  more active in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Sport NI and Public Health Agency PHA have come together to form a partnership to develop a single coordinated led-walking programme for Northern Ireland with a provisional title of Walking For All.  ORNI’s role is to complete elements of the research, compile materials and deliver events for the partnership.

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.

Client List

We have an extensive list of clients throughout the island of Ireland: