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Environment - Featured Event

Convergence 2015

The Sustainable Ireland Co-operative Society Ltd, who trade as Cultivate, are working with a number of agencies and co-operatives to host a series of events in the last 2 weeks of October 2015. These events aim to inspire and progress a co-operative response to the issues affecting our local areas.

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NI's Forests Vital Community Resource

Forests are a vital community resource across Northern Ireland and should be enjoyed by all, Forestry Minister Michelle O'Neill has said. A recent Forest Service report found 4.7 million visits to woodlands annually, with 84% of visitors reporting the forests as excellent or very good.

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Record Number of Parks Achieve the Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award scheme has unveiled this year's Award winners - the mark of a quality park or green space.
In total, 1582 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens in the UK have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag Award or the Green Flag Community Award.

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Record Number of NI Parks with Green Flags

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently presented the Green Flag Awards to a record number of public green spaces at a ceremony in Antrim Castle Gardens. Forty-three of the North’s public parks, country parks, cemeteries and green spaces met the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award, an increase of 23% on last year. In addition six sites in the Republic were awarded their pilot Green Flag Award for the first time.

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The Effects of Rosemary On Your Brain and Senses - Philip Voice

I have been a long-term believer that we are under-selling the health and medicinal benefits of plants. Herbal remedies have been around for as long as man has existed on this planet but their benefits have not always been recognised.

Read more: The Effects of Rosemary On Your Brain and Senses - Philip Voice

New Biodiversity Strategy For Northern Ireland

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has published a new Biodiversity Strategy for Northern Ireland. The Strategy is entitled Valuing Nature and its overall objective is halting the loss of our natural environment.

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The Sodshow meets Dublin Urban Farm and The Grow Dome Project – Bloom Fringe 2015 Episode 2

The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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Gardener's Death Probably Caused By Brushing Against Monkshood - Philip Voice

An experienced gardener who died of multiple organ failure might have brushed past a toxic plant while working on an Hampshire estate days before his death, an inquest heard.

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Discovery Trails to Bring Story of Dublin to Life for Visitors

New trails part of evolving Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council ‘Dubline’ project to bring Dublin’s past alive and open up hidden parts of the city The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, recently officially launched Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Discovery Trails - the first in a new series of themed walking trails in Dublin City. 

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Agriculture

Hayes Launches Forest Neighbourwood Scheme

Tom Hayes, T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for forestry, recently launched the NeighbourWood Scheme during a visit to Lisvernane, Co. Tipperary.

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Derry Forest Competes for 'Woodland of the Year' Award

Judges from the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Forestry Awards have visited Learmount Forest in the Park area of Co Derry. The forest is one of over 30 applicants across Ireland competing for the coveted prize of being named, ‘Woodland of the Year’.

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Mulch Opens Ireland’s First Under Cover Drive-Through Garden Waste Recycling Centre in Dublin

New Mulch retail store offers 100% peat-free garden products for environmentally-minded gardeners and landscapers. Mulch, the garden waste recycling and compost specialist, has opened Ireland’s first drive-through green waste centre and a new retail store in a 12,000 square foot facility in Coolock in North County Dublin. 

Read more: Mulch Opens Ireland’s First Under Cover Drive-Through Garden Waste Recycling Centre in Dublin

Minister Announces the Publication of the 2014 National Litter Pollution Report

Mr Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, (23 July 2015) announced the publication of the 2014 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report.[pdf 2.84MB] The System Report provides important statistical data about the extent, causes and composition of litter in Ireland.

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Hive of Activity: Minister Tom Hayes Opens Beekeepers Summer School

Tom Hayes Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officially opened the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations Annual Summer Course in Gormanston College, Co. Meath

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Red Kite Confirmed Shot in County Down

RSPB Northern Ireland has said its 'worst fears have been confirmed' after tests proved a red kite found dead in County Down was deliberately shot. The female bird was discovered near Katesbridge on 20 May and it was recovered by the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group.

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Tollymore Forest Park Named Northern Ireland's Top Picnic Spot

Tollymore Forest Park has been named Northern Ireland's Top Picnic Spot in a search by local independent retail brand Centra, supported by Tourism NI. The popular park, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down, beat off competition from other shortlisted locations including Crawfordsburn Country Park in Co. Down, Co. Antrim's Giant's Causeway and Carnfunnock Country Park and Derry~Londonderry's St. Columb's Park.

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A Solution To Our Kitchen Food Waste? - Dee Sewell

How often do you find a new product on the market that really excites you?

It's been a while since I came across something small, simple and affordable that instantly made life easier in the kitchen, but it happened a couple of weeks ago and I'm keen to share news of it with you.

Read more: A Solution To Our Kitchen Food Waste? - Dee Sewell

UNESCO Biosphere Status for Dublin Bay will Enhance Development of ‘Green City by the Sea’

Dublin Bay has been awarded a Biosphere designation by UNESCO in recognition of its unique ecological and cultural status. The Biosphere designation previously related to the Bull Island only but the awarding of Biosphere status to all of Dublin Bay means the designation now extends to an area of approximately 300km2.

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Is Your NI Community or School Up for the Challenge?

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is encouraging local community groups and schools in the Limavady area to apply to the 2015-16 Challenge Fund.

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