Under threat Curlews make a Co. Antrim comeback!

For the first time in 20 years, curlew chicks have fledged at a County Antrim farm.

Dr Tom Woolley, who is an independent expert on construction materials and was Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast, at Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the fire disaster there

The Grenfell fire has put all sorts of building hazards in the spotlight

As an architect in Northern Ireland, the horrendous fire and deaths at Grenfell Tower in London, may seem a long way off but the implications of this disaster affect everyone in the UK – construction industry professionals and ordinary householders.

Contemporary allotments do more than provide food, the healthy lifestyle they encourage helps to combat several of the challenges facing 21st century populations ie obesity, inactivity and mental health problems resulting from social isolation. Picture: National Allotment Society (NSALG)

National Allotment Society - Growing The Movement

The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK, writes Di Appleyard, mentor, marketing and PR co-ordinator.

Drew and Oonagh Bradleys allotment is at Ards Allotments located on the northern shores of Strangford Lough. They live in Newtownards with their two and a half year old son Solomon. Picture: Darryl Armitage

‘Having our son was a big motivator to take on an allotment’

Drew and Oonagh Bradley’s allotment is at Ards Allotments located on the northern shores of Strangford Lough. They live in Newtownards with their two and a half year old son Solomon.

Slemish mountain

Slemish walk features in new geology book

A new book aimed at ramblers includes information about getting the best out of walks around Slemish mountain.

"I turned 40 and I fell in love with gardening. I spent between the years of 30 and 39 looking for something to do with my extra spare time as my children had grown up and so I fell in love with gardening," says Bill Love who runs The Gardening Group which has thousands of followers across Facebook and YouTube from his backgarden allotment in North Belfast. Picture: Darryl Armitage

‘The world is an amazing place when you get down and study it’

Keen followers of all things gardening and allotments in Northern Ireland will have come across The Gardening Group which has thousands of followers across Facebook and YouTube.

"Allotments are absolutely fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space. Apart from that the social side of having an allotment is really great. We have regular work days where people try to come and do communal work around the site and these are brilliant craic," says Susan Lynn. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacenaker

Importance of growing resilience across province

Growing Resilience is a two year Big Lottery funded programme from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which aims to increase social capital and resilience in the community growing sector in Northern Ireland.  

"The allotment is a place where people can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity and get away from it all," explains Susan Lynn. 
Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

‘Allotments are fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space’

Susan Lynn is the Northern Ireland development manager for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and is based in east Belfast. She is very much a champion for all things gardening and outdoors.

Larne-based Wind NI has applied to build seven wind turbines at Carnalbanagh in the Antrim Hills

Wilson warns of ‘sinister’ campaign to back wind turbines plan

A DUP MP has warned of a “sinister and fraudulent” campaign to drum up support for a controversial wind turbine development in Co Antrim.

Editorial image of Larne Lough.

Round Britain crew to join volunteers for lough clean-up

A clean-up of Larne Lough and beach survey will take place on Monday August 14, starting at 6.00 pm.

Hubbub is establishing the worlds first Community Fridge network in 50 communities across the country over the next year  the network is free to join and there to help any community.



NI’s first community fridge for Cloughmills

Northern Ireland’s first ever ‘Community Fridge’ is to be trialled in the north Antrim village of Cloughmills with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK and Bosch in a growing effort to tackle food waste.

File photo dated 02/10/2007 of Tesco carrier bags in a shopping trolley. Photo credit: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Tesco to scrap 5p plastic bags in favour of 10p bags for life

From the end of August single use plastic bags will no longer be available in Tesco stores in Northern Ireland.

The Comber Greenway

New greenways on way

Three new greenways are to be created by the Department of Infrastructure in a £75,000 move.

Foyle Search and Rescue

Dramatic rescue after boat crew get into difficulties

Volunteers from charity Foyle Search & Rescue were involved in the dramatic rescue of a boat crew from the River Foyle at the weekend.


Thousands object to pig farm plans

Over 3,000 letters of objection and 14,000 petition signatures have been submitted to oppose plans for a large scale pig farm in Limavady.

The first flowering plant had layered petals and both male and female reproductive organs

Scientists identify 140 million-year-old ‘first’ flowering plant

A 140 million-year-old bloom bearing a striking resemblance to a water lily was the mother (and father) of every flowering plant living today, scientists believe.

Deputy Mayor Cheryl Johnston, Stephen Daye and Jackie Waide Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Parks supervisor is Green Flag Employee of the Year

Carrick man Jackie Waide has won the prestigious Green Flag Northern Ireland Employee of the Year award.

Undated handout photo issued by Belfast Zoo of two of the five new red squirrel kittens that have been born at the attraction in a major success for conservation efforts.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 28, 2017. The population has dramatically declined due to the loss of the tree-living rodent's forest habitats and competition from the grey squirrel, which carries a lethal virus. See PA story ULSTER Squirrel. Photo credit should read: Jon Lees/Belfast Zoo/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Red squirrel additions at Belfast Zoo

Five new red squirrel kittens have been born at Belfast Zoo.

An electric or hybrid car is charged from a charging point

Government ban on petrol and diesel cars ‘pie in the sky’: Wilson

The aim of pushing the whole driving public towards buying electric-powered cars in the next couple of decades is “pie in the sky”.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump bans transgender people from military

US President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity".

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