Kickstart Your Career in Conservation with Trainee Ranger Scheme – CLOSED

Belfast Hills Partnership are delighted to announce the return of their FREE Trainee Ranger Scheme this Autumn for young people between the ages of 18-25. Returning for a sixth year the highly successful Trainee Ranger Scheme offers young people aged 18-25 an opportunity to gain practical experience in the environmental sector.  Trainee Rangers have the opportunity to take part in a range of practical conservation tasks across the Belfast Hills. […]


Woodland Grant Scheme Reopens – CLOSED

The DAERA Woodland Grant Scheme has reopened for 2023. Belfast Hills Partnership can offer free advice, guidance and materials for increasing tree coverage on your land. Woodland Grants are designed to support landowners to plant new woodlands for environmental and economic benefits. There are two grants available; the Forest Expansion Scheme and the Small Woodland Grant Scheme. The Forest Expansion Scheme aims to encourage landowners to plant a wide range […]

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Hills Explorer Programme – CLOSED

Applications to the Belfast Hills Explorer Programme for 16-18 year olds are now open. Are you aged 16-18 and interested in nature and the outdoors? Then our Hills ExplorerProgramme could be right up your street! We’re offering four FREE outdoor nature sessions for16-18 year olds on Wednesdays in August 9.30am – 4pm. Each week we’ll be exploring a different site in the Belfast Hills, discovering its wildlife,helping some of the species […]

Poster advertising the 2023 Hills Youth Ranger scheme

Belfast Hills Youth Ranger – CLOSED

Belfast Hills Partnership is delighted to announce the third year of this important youth volunteer role in the Belfast Hills! As a Belfast Hills Youth Ranger, you will be assigned your own site in the hills to help look after. This will involve you walking your site and submitting a report each month. By reporting any issues or points of interest, you will be helping site managers and the Belfast […]

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Belfast Hills Ordnance Survey Map Gets Update

Belfast Hills Partnership is delighted to launch a new insert for the Belfast Hills Ordnance Survey Map.  Originally launched in 2014, the Ordnance Survey Map of the Belfast Hills provides an in-depth overview of the main publicly accessible sites within the Belfast Hills.  The first edition includes detailed maps of three key sites; Cave Hill, Slievenacloy and Carnmoney Hill. Additionally, the entire area of the Belfast Hills is mapped out. […]


Wild Youth Leader Training

We know being out in nature is good for us. Learn how to lead nature-based wellness sessions with young people. Young people who have a particular interest in youth work and environmental education can take part in our Wild Youth Leader programme. This scheme is perfect for those that want to gain skills and experience that will help them move on to employment or further training. The Wild Youth Leaders […]

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One Million Trees for Schools

2023 opened with a total of 1,800 trees being planted across several schools in Belfast as part of the One Million Trees project. Imagine a city with one million trees… What would that look like? How much different would Belfast be? We have a feeling we won’t be relying on imagination for much longer thanks to the enthusiastic eco warriors from schools across Belfast! Belfast Hills Partnership have been out planting […]


Old Names of the Belfast Hills

Belfast Hills Partnership have made their latest talk, Old Names of the Belfast Hills, available to watch online. Belfast Hills Partnership Manager, Jim Bradley, delivered an hour long talk entitled Old Names of the Belfast Hills in January 2022. This talk is a fascinating examination of names around the Belfast hills including surnames, townland names and place names. The talk explores the townlands, field names and common surnames of the […]


A Tree-mendous Week in the Belfast Hills

National Tree Week marks the start of the tree planting season. It took place this year from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 4 December 2022. The theme for National Tree Week was Planting for Our Future. Belfast Hills Partnership enjoyed a full week of events, talks, tree planting and education sessions to mark National Tree Week.  National Tree Week launched with an online talk entitled, Planting the Right Tree in […]


Great Big Green Week in the Belfast Hills

Wild Youth has hosted a week-long celebration in recognition of Great Big Green Week. Wild Youth is a joint project between the Belfast Hills Partnership and Ulster Wildlife, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund for Northern Ireland. The Great Big Green Week is a national celebration of community action tackling climate change and nature loss.  The Great Big Green Week took place from 24th September to the 2nd of […]

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