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 […]

Map showing Glas na Bradan with illustrations

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 […]


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 […]


Belfast’s First ‘Super-sized’ Nature Reserve

Ulster Wildlife are set to expand Slievenacloy Nature Reserve into a new ‘super-sized’ nature reserve – equivalent to about 480 football fields – to help boost biodiversity and reverse nature’s decline. The move by local nature conservation charity Ulster Wildlife sees the expansion of its existing Slievenacloy Nature Reserve by 52% to 258 hectares, with the purchase of an additional 133 hectares of adjacent land. Slievenacloy Nature Reserve is a […]


Kids challenge us to Keep the Belfast Hills Beautiful

Sad, angry, worried, unhappy and want to cry are just some of the words used by our local young people when asked how litter and fly-tipping in the Belfast Hills makes them feel. For too long our beautiful Belfast Hills have suffered from the blight of a few thoughtless people who use this wonderful natural asset of Belfast as a personal dumping ground. Whether ditching their take-away and drinks bottles […]


Young, Wild & Well!

5,000 young people from disadvantaged areas in North and West Belfast are set to benefit from spending time outdoors in nature to help recover from the challenges of the pandemic, in a new youth project led by the Belfast Hills Partnership and Ulster Wildlife.     Launched today (7th February) to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, ‘Wild Youth’ will put young people aged 11 to 25 in touch with local green spaces in the Belfast […]


The Future Is Bright

The Future is Bright Green – with thousands of trees planted! The Belfast Hills Partnership has been celebrating it’s work with local young people through the creation of a new woodland in the Belfast Hills. A total of 13,000 trees have been planted – one for every young person who has taken part in the project over the past 6 years. The Belfast Hills Partnership was one of 31 projects […]

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