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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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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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