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Covid19 Response

Like everyone else, Belfast Hills Partnership has had to adapt very quickly in response to coronavirus COVID-19 and its implications for us all. Most of our staff will be working from home from Monday 23rd but will still be contactable via email info@belfasthills.org. There will also be a daily presence in our offices Monday-Friday to pick up post, phone messages etc. but unfortunately they will not be open to the […]

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Young people demand urgent action for the environment

Forty young activists met with policy makers at Stormont today (Friday, 17 January) to set out their demands for safeguarding the environment, as they play their part in shaping Northern Ireland’s first ever environment strategy, which is currently out for public consultation.   Supported by the Belfast Hills Partnership and Ulster Wildlife, the passionate and environmentally conscious young people, aged 11 to 24, have already been taking action to improve […]

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The greatest environmental youth movement you’ve never heard of!

Behind Greta Thunberg’s headline grabbing thunderstorm of the #YouthStrike4Climate and the Extinction Rebellion protests, there is a grassroots environmental youth movement tackling climate change and boosting young potential. Nearly 100,000 passionate, skilled and environmentally conscious young people are leading the way to a brighter future, through Our Bright Future, a programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.   Whilst the #YouthStrike4Climate has been effective at raising awareness of environmental […]

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Free Trainee Rangers Scheme opens

The Belfast Hills Partnership are offering a FREE environmental sector training programme for young people aged 18 – 24, with no experience necessary. The Trainee Ranger scheme, now in its second year, is about improving the health and wellbeing of those taking part, whilst at the same time increasing their employability skills as they take part in a range of practical conservation tasks such as tree planting, habitat management and […]

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A Big Belfast Welcome for OBF’s All Project Seminar

A Big Belfast Welcome for Our Bright Future’s All Project Seminar Queen University’s Riddle Hall, was a beautiful setting for the annual Our Bright Future all projects seminar. One hundred staff and youth forum members, from nearly 30 projects across the UK, came together to celebrate achievements and to inspire and motivate each other for the year ahead.   This was the first time an Our Bright Future gathering had […]

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Playing with our planet

Pupils from two Belfast schools have created and performed a series of drama productions to raise awareness of environmental threats to the Belfast Hills.   Supported by The Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast Harbour, pupils from Dominican College and Hazelwood Integrated College have taken part in a creative drama project to explore their ‘sense of place’ in the local landscape.   Under the direction of local playwright Clare McMahon, the […]

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Zero Waste Fashion– Young People Stand Up To Waste

GCSE pupils, from Malone College, have been working with the Belfast Hills Partnership and Community Arts Partnership to raise awareness about the huge waste problem facing our countryside.   The Belfast Hill encounters ongoing illegal dumping and fly-tipping, with everything from tyres and furniture to cars and bin bags, creating a blot on the landscape. Last year over 250 tyres were dumped, overnight, at Local Nature Reserve, Slievenacloy alone. The […]

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Young People Unite for a Greener Future

Belfast Hills Partnership’s Environmental Youth Ambassador Ciarraí Culbert is a young lady on a mission for change, as she heads to Westminster on the 5th March to challenge MPs to help create a bright future for our local environment.   The three big asks that Ciarraí has are that young people are given:   More time spent learning in and about nature Support to get into environmental jobs And that […]

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Young people are Buzzing about nature in Falls Park

Falls Park is “buzzing” due to a new piece of public art created by local young people from St Gall’s G.A.C.  The piece features a large Bee and a beautiful array of wildflowers encouraging people to “Bee one with nature”. The piece was developed during the summer as part of an environmental project with Belfast City Council and Belfast Hills Partnership, and funded by Belfast Harbour.   The young people […]

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Trainee Ranger Scheme

The Belfast Hills Partnership are launching a brand new environmental sector training programme for young people aged 18 – 24. This free traineeship requires no previous experience or qualifications, it only takes one day a week for 15 weeks to complete and will enable the participants to take part in a range of practical conservation tasks such as tree planting, wildflower meadow management, and wildlife surveys.   Patricia Deeney, the […]

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