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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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Planning: Impact of new councils on your community

Information about how the changes in councils next year will affect people and planning at local community level is available. The reform of local government, due to be completed by April, will see the reduction of 26 councils to 11. Community Places – a charity that gives free planning advice – also helps community groups and people who otherwise cannot afford consultants by providing advice on building extensions, housing building, […]

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Voices recall the ‘jawbox’ and ‘housewife mill shift’

A social history of the people who lived and worked in the Belfast Hills has been established in a unique oral collection of voices recorded on our website.   The contributors recall the ‘jawbox’ known as the kitchen sink, posteriors sticking to icy outside toilets, the arrival of electric cookers, and gas street lighting.   Workmen donning clean collars washed with Sunlight soap, quarry blasting that shook houses and the […]

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