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Rediscovering Carnmoney Hill

Discover a new side to Carnmoney Hill: this site has recently undertaken a transformation with enhancements (to the Dunanney entrance, just off the O’Neill Road) including a small car parking area, improved pathways and strategically-placed benches; while new quaint stone walls are very much in keeping with the hill’s traditional tumbled walls. The Carnmoney transformation was made possible thanks to funding of almost £50,000 from the Alpha Programme. In addition, […]

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Belfast Hills Communities Meeting

The Community Directors of the Belfast Hills Partnership invite representatives of local community groups and interested individuals to a public consultation on Thursday 15th October,  7.30pm Ballymac Hotel, 7a Rock Road, Stoneyford BT28 3SU This is to explore community and conservation issues in relation to the Belfast Hills and to hear community priorities and concerns.   For further details please contact Belfast Hills Partnership at 028 90603466 or info@belfasthills.org.   […]

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New App aids walking in the Belfast Hills

A new app has made it easier than ever to get out and about in the Belfast Hills this summer.   The free app, developed by the Belfast Hills Partnership, gives people all the information they need to access the upland sites, enjoy the trails on offer and get up-to-date information on all the events happening throughout the year.   The new app lists every public walk on the main […]

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Scrooge economics leaving environment at mercy of criminals

Slashing the core funding of environment sector will spell disaster for the Belfast Hills We are in need of your help to protect the Belfast Hills and other areas in need of conservation management in Northern Ireland. Email the ministers before consultation window closes on December 29. Email Environment Minister Mark H Durkan doe.budgetconsultation@doeni.gov.uk Email Finance Minister Simon Hamilton: budgetconsultation@dfpni.gov.uk   1. We’re going to get cut! Most environmental organisations […]

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Path Project Tender Notice

CARNMONEY HILL PATH PROJECT NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS   The Belfast Hills Partnership in partnership with the Woodland Trust are working to redevelop a new trail system on Carnmoney Hill in Newtownabbey.   The project is for the design and construction of approximately 600 metres of path, associated drainage, car park and further infrastructure and furniture. An outline design consisting of trail work specifications and drawings will form part of the […]

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Heritage quilt shows beauty of last rural community in Belfast

A fascinating tapestry of living, working and playing in the Belfast Hills made by the last rural community in Belfast has been created after two years of hard work. Women from Hannahstown Community Association near St Joseph’s church that looks out over  west Belfast have embroidered, sewn, illustrated designed and stitched for many months to create a unique labour of love that pays homage to their area. Divis and Black […]

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Scrooge economics leaving environment at mercy of criminals

Slashing the core funding of environment sector will spell disaster for the Belfast Hills We are in need of your help to protect the Belfast Hills and other areas in need of conservation management in Northern Ireland. Email the ministers before consultation window closes on December 29. Email Environment Minister Mark H Durkan doe.budgetconsultation@doeni.gov.uk Email Finance Minister Simon Hamilton: budgetconsultation@dfpni.gov.uk    1. We’re going to get cut! Most environmental organisations face the […]

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2014 autumn/winter Newsletter

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OS map published and on sale

The charting of thousands of acres in the Belfast Hills has produced the first complete OS map of the upland region in a generation.   The new Belfast Hills Map has uniquely combined Ordnance Survey (OS) data with local community knowledge.   It details newly-built paths through the hills, and many recently discovered or previously unmapped sites of heritage and archaeological interest.   Cartographers used aerial photography, land archives and […]

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Belfast Zoo squirrels released into the ‘soft’ wild

Red squirrels born at Belfast Zoo on Cave Hill are leading the fight against extinction in Northern Ireland. The captive breeding programme has seen four zoo squirrels – below Hazelwood nature reserve on Cave Hill – now being released into the wild in the Glens of Antrim. It’s the first time native red squirrels have been reintroduced to the wild here as part of a captive breeding programme. The animals […]

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