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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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The Hills are alive with the sound of Science!

Volcanoes, earthquakes and solar systems will be going off with a ‘Big Bang’ at Belfast Castle this week, as Belfast Hills Partnership together with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland host their 2018 STEM-EXPO. This explosive event will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to see STEM subjects brought to life in unexpected ways and have the chance to talk to scientists and engineers from universities, colleges and leading […]

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Small fry make a big splash in the Ballymartin River

Schools of salmon streamed into local classrooms last month in refrigerated incubators! Year 9 pupils from Abbey Community College and Hazelwood Integrated College have been hatching fish eggs for release, into their local Ballymartin river with the help of the Belfast Hills Partnership.   The project known as ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ gives young people a unique opportunity to learn more about the life cycle of Atlantic Salmon as well […]

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Hills Conference Success

To celebrate the work undertaken over the past 6 years through our Landscape Partnership Scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners a two day conference was held on the 14th and 15th March.   On day one we looked at a number of projects that have been successfully completed, considered future directions and opportunities, explored a very wet and misty Cave Hill Country Park and celebrated our […]

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Young film makers ‘tackling’ the protection of local fish and rivers with animation

Year 8 pupils have made a short animation in a bid to protect their local rivers.   The Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast Harbour Commission’s ‘Trout Animation Project’ was created by students from Lagan Integrated College, who were mentored by Joel Simon, an accomplished animator, with over 20 years experience working with clients including CBBC, Comic Relief, Sesame Street and Channel 4.   Over eight weeks the students learned about […]

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Make Your Mark in the Belfast Hills!

Do you love trees and the outdoors? Do you have a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ to get fit or make a difference in 2018? Do you want to make your mark to help local wildlife? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these, then the Belfast Hills Partnership can help you fulfill your wishes! We need volunteers to help plant 6,500 trees and hedging plants before the end of March […]

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