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BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

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FARMLAND/GRASSLAND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT

Large parts of the Belfast Hills are made up of privately owned agricultural land (approx 65%). Farming is essential to maintain this landscape and conserve the biodiversity of the Belfast Hills. Despite difficult times for agriculture, we need farmers and landowners to maintain the correct levels of grazing and management to preserve our species-rich grasslands.

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HILLS HERITAGE, GEOLOGY & RIVERS AWARENESS PROJECT

Evidence of the rich heritage of the hills is still present today, however there is a great need to educate people about it. Likewise the Belfast Hills have a rich variety of under lying geology; this may clearly be seen in both old and existing quarries throughout the hills. Many people are aware of the biodiversity of the hills, but the geodiversity is totally overlooked and under appreciated.

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SIGNAGE AND INTERPRETATION

When people walking in the Belfast Hills were surveyed, the most common improvement that was asked for was signage. This signage consists both of interpretative panels providing information about aspects of the site, and directional signage directing people where to go.

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COMMUNITY BUILT & NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECTS

A community questionnaire was sent to over 500 different groups in the Council areas of Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Antrim. This included ascertaining peoples interest in taking part in various projects and providing suggestions about sites in the hills that are important to them. Meetings with individual groups as well as an open community meeting were also held to get input on community priorities.

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NEW RECREATION PROJECT

BHP Recreational Strategy contains baseline info on existing recreation in the Belfast Hills. A specific study was commissioned in the development year of the LPS in which 6 different sites were assessed for their suitability for various recreational activities. Site managers were also consulted to find out what recreational facilities they might like on their site.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

INDUSTRIAL SITE RENOVATION

There are numerous quarries and old industrial sites across the Belfast Hills. Many of these sites have naturally regenerated and are rich in biodiversity. However others are overgrown with scrub, have grasslands that are rank due to lack of cutting or grazing, have invasive species, illegal dumping or draining problems.

READ MORE

ACCESS ROUTES AND LINKS INSTALLED AND IMPROVED

Although growing numbers of visitors are being attracted to the Belfast Hills they are still a very under-used resource, with many people who live in the shadow of the hills never having been to any of the public sites. Belfast City Council in their Strategic Tourism Strategy produced in 2011 have referred to the Belfast Hills as a key destination for visitors and one that should be enhanced and promoted.

READ MORE

ACCESS ROUTES AND LINKS INSTALLED AND IMPROVED

Although growing numbers of visitors are being attracted to the Belfast Hills they are still a very under-used resource, with many people who live in the shadow of the hills never having been to any of the public sites. Belfast City Council in their Strategic Tourism Strategy produced in 2011 have referred to the Belfast Hills as a key destination for visitors and one that should be enhanced and promoted.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

FARMLAND/GRASSLAND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT

Large parts of the Belfast Hills are made up of privately owned agricultural land (approx 65%). Farming is essential to maintain this landscape and conserve the biodiversity of the Belfast Hills. Despite difficult times for agriculture, we need farmers and landowners to maintain the correct levels of grazing and management to preserve our species-rich grasslands.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

ACCESS ROUTES AND LINKS INSTALLED AND IMPROVED

Although growing numbers of visitors are being attracted to the Belfast Hills they are still a very under-used resource, with many people who live in the shadow of the hills never having been to any of the public sites. Belfast City Council in their Strategic Tourism Strategy produced in 2011 have referred to the Belfast Hills as a key destination for visitors and one that should be enhanced and promoted.

READ MORE

SIGNAGE AND INTERPRETATION

When people walking in the Belfast Hills were surveyed, the most common improvement that was asked for was signage. This signage consists both of interpretative panels providing information about aspects of the site, and directional signage directing people where to go.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

INDUSTRIAL SITE RENOVATION

There are numerous quarries and old industrial sites across the Belfast Hills. Many of these sites have naturally regenerated and are rich in biodiversity. However others are overgrown with scrub, have grasslands that are rank due to lack of cutting or grazing, have invasive species, illegal dumping or draining problems.

READ MORE

COMMUNITY BUILT & NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECTS

A community questionnaire was sent to over 500 different groups in the Council areas of Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Antrim. This included ascertaining peoples interest in taking part in various projects and providing suggestions about sites in the hills that are important to them. Meetings with individual groups as well as an open community meeting were also held to get input on community priorities.

READ MORE

INDUSTRIAL SITE RENOVATION

There are numerous quarries and old industrial sites across the Belfast Hills. Many of these sites have naturally regenerated and are rich in biodiversity. However others are overgrown with scrub, have grasslands that are rank due to lack of cutting or grazing, have invasive species, illegal dumping or draining problems.

READ MORE

ACCESS ROUTES AND LINKS INSTALLED AND IMPROVED

Although growing numbers of visitors are being attracted to the Belfast Hills they are still a very under-used resource, with many people who live in the shadow of the hills never having been to any of the public sites. Belfast City Council in their Strategic Tourism Strategy produced in 2011 have referred to the Belfast Hills as a key destination for visitors and one that should be enhanced and promoted.

READ MORE

HILLS HERITAGE, GEOLOGY & RIVERS AWARENESS PROJECT

Evidence of the rich heritage of the hills is still present today, however there is a great need to educate people about it. Likewise the Belfast Hills have a rich variety of under lying geology; this may clearly be seen in both old and existing quarries throughout the hills. Many people are aware of the biodiversity of the hills, but the geodiversity is totally overlooked and under appreciated.

READ MORE

COMMUNITY BUILT & NATURAL HERITAGE PROJECTS

A community questionnaire was sent to over 500 different groups in the Council areas of Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Antrim. This included ascertaining peoples interest in taking part in various projects and providing suggestions about sites in the hills that are important to them. Meetings with individual groups as well as an open community meeting were also held to get input on community priorities.

READ MORE

NEW RECREATION PROJECT

BHP Recreational Strategy contains baseline info on existing recreation in the Belfast Hills. A specific study was commissioned in the development year of the LPS in which 6 different sites were assessed for their suitability for various recreational activities. Site managers were also consulted to find out what recreational facilities they might like on their site.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

FARMLAND/GRASSLAND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT

Large parts of the Belfast Hills are made up of privately owned agricultural land (approx 65%). Farming is essential to maintain this landscape and conserve the biodiversity of the Belfast Hills. Despite difficult times for agriculture, we need farmers and landowners to maintain the correct levels of grazing and management to preserve our species-rich grasslands.

READ MORE

BUILT HERITAGE SURVEYS AND RESTORATION WORKS

The Belfast Hills have a rich history, the evidence of which may be seen by the remains left in the landscape. Much of this history is as yet undiscovered. When the National Trust bought the Divis and Black Mountain site in 2004 only one historic monument/feature was identified. To date 223 have now been uncovered.

READ MORE

ACCESS ROUTES AND LINKS INSTALLED AND IMPROVED

Although growing numbers of visitors are being attracted to the Belfast Hills they are still a very under-used resource, with many people who live in the shadow of the hills never having been to any of the public sites. Belfast City Council in their Strategic Tourism Strategy produced in 2011 have referred to the Belfast Hills as a key destination for visitors and one that should be enhanced and promoted.

READ MORE

The Belfast Hills Partnership obtained funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations to undertake a Landscape Partnership Scheme. The project contains a portfolio that will provide long term social, economic and environmental benefits for the areas surrounding the Belfast Hills.

It is our vision that we will restore, both physically and in the minds of our people, the Belfast Hills as a vital living asset for Belfast and beyond, an asset to actively enjoy, gain inspiration from and protect as a living part of our Belfast and Lagan Valley region.

The Landscape Partnership Scheme is now rolling out and helping to protect some of our most treasured landscapes by bringing communities and organisations together to form partnerships that create a shared vision for the Belfast Hills. The partnerships are helping to implement local action to boost the conservation and management of our landscape heritage.

 

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