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The future of private forestry grants in Northern Ireland

Posted on: 11th September 2015

The new Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme was formally approved by the European Commission at the end of August 2015 and it is hoped that support measures for forestry will be announced this autumn. The key headline is the switch to a focus on larger scale commercial planting on ground of limited agricultural productivity. Support will remain for smaller broadleaved woodlands such as those supported in the last programme and these environmentally focussed woodlands will be grant aided thought the new agri environment scheme. The private forestry sector in Northern Ireland are optimistic that the new support structure will give a much needed boost to new afforestation as the amount of woodland established over recent years has dwindled to a level of about 200ha per annum.

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Local company nominated for prestigious design award

Posted on: 4th September 2015

Local company, Wibble Web Design & Development has been nominated for a DANI award – Northern Ireland’s premier digital industry awards for its work on the revamp of the Ring of Gullion’s new website. The website revamp was part of The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, a Heritage Lottery Fund programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are managing the £1.4 million programme. The scheme aims to engage people with the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and surrounding landscape.

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The Ring of Gullion is the perfect classroom for up and coming training

Posted on: 4th September 2015

This Autumn sees a smorgasbord of training in the Ring of Gullion, and what better place to learn how to capture and edit video, train to be a World Host, improve your creative writing, research your ancestors, improve your business though Social Media and learn all about ‘What’s about in the Wild’ than this very special Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Planning to put in a pond? Need some help?

Posted on: 20th August 2015

As part of the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival, the Ring of Gullion team have joined forces with The Conservation Volunteers to provide a workshop on pond construction and getting the most out of your pond. The workshop will start at 10.00am on Thursday 27th August in Jonesborough’s Pastoral Centre. Booking is through the Ring of Gullion website www.ringofgullion.org.

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Investigation underway into cause of Crayfish Plague

Posted on: 18th August 2015

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI) are investigating the cause of death of large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish, which have been found in the Bruskey/Erne River at Killydoon, near Ballinagh Co Cavan. The kill affected White-clawed Crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes along a short stretch of the Bruskey River where over 600 dead crayfish were found. Fish and other freshwater animals are not affected.

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From child’s drawing to spectacular sculpture

Posted on: 31st July 2015

Last week saw the launch of Camlough Public Art ‘Con-Flux’ by artist Holger Lonze. The starting point for this concept was taken from a children’s drawing made during one of the initial workshops carried out by local artist Tracey McVerry. The idea follows the natural water cycle; a spectacular visual effect is created by the shaped and layered stainless steel mesh into the form of a cloud.

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