With summer now upon us, there is no better way to appreciate the colourful blooms and uscious green foliage than to visit the Ulster Gardens Scheme’s fabulous array of open gardens throughout the summer. On Saturday, June 1 and 2, Dr Richard and Mrs Heather Burns, 232 Windyhill Road, Macosquin, Coleraine, BT51 4JN, are opening their garden from 2pm to 5pm, on behalf of the National Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity.An unmanicured, wildlife-friendly, woodland garden set on a hillside with a level area close to the house. Partially suitable for wheelchairs. Enjoy a summer’s day wandering around this secret garden paradise and pick up a few tips for your own garden. While you are there buy some plants and relax with a refreshing cup of tea.The organising committee is grateful to all the garden owners and very much appreciates all the hard work that goes into preparing the gardens. All funds raised by the Ulster Gardens Scheme are used for work in … [Read more...] about Garden in Coleraine open for Ulster Gardens Scheme
Ulster wildlife trust
The Rotary Club of Larne was given a presentation on the conservation of native wildlife recently. The club welcomed Vickie Chambers, relationship manager, of the Ulster Wildlife Trust.The Ulster Wildlife Trust is a charity, with 13,500 members, which supports the conservation of native wildlife throughout the province through, for example, the creation of wildflower meadows to support animal, bird, insect and plant life, and bog restoration in support of butterflies and moths.The Trust seeks to work with farmers and landowners and provides an education service for the public, and particularly for young people, (the next generation) to create awareness and provide them with essential conservation skills. Alliance top the poll in Coast Road DEA … [Read more...] about Larne Rotary Club given talk on wildlife conservation
They say he's a hard man to please, but Prince Charles looked decidedly happy yesterday with what the builders had done in a £20m renovation of his Royal family's 'home' in Northern Ireland. Here, he celebrated his wedding anniversary and received a belated 70th birthday present to boot. And even though the DUP were at the new-look Hillsborough Castle and gardens to greet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall there wasn't a word, they insisted, about Brexit. It was a day instead when in a very public Hillsborough agreement, the heir to the throne - whose passion for architecture is well known - gave a regal seal of approval to the five-year project to transform the history-steeped castle and its gardens into a major tourist attraction. Charles said he and his wife of 14 years were overjoyed to be in Hillsborough to mark the official re-opening of the castle after its massive makeover. The independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), took over the running of the … [Read more...] about Royal approval from Charles and Camilla for Hillsborough Castle makeover
Royal approval for Hillsborough Castle makeover BelfastTelegraph.co.uk They say he's a hard man to please, but Prince Charles looked decidedly happy yesterday with what the builders had done in a £20m renovation of his Royal family's 'home' in Northern Ireland. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/royal-approval-for-hillsborough-castle-makeover-37999806.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37999804.ece/825f1/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-10_new_49441662_I10.JPG Email They say he's a hard man to please, but Prince Charles looked decidedly happy yesterday with what the builders had done in a £20m renovation of his Royal family's 'home' in Northern Ireland. Here, he celebrated his wedding anniversary and received a belated 70th birthday present to boot. And even though the DUP were at the new-look Hillsborough Castle and gardens to greet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall there wasn't a word, they insisted, about … [Read more...] about Royal approval for Hillsborough Castle makeover
Adding a pond – big or small – is one of the best ways you can help wildlife in your garden and is this year’s Wild About Gardens challenge from The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, writes Kelly Muldoon, Communications Officer Ulster Wildlife From mini container ponds to larger sunken ponds, it’s ‘the’ garden feature that can make the biggest difference to wildlife. We are losing our ponds, rivers and streams at a rapid rate and only a small amount of our natural ponds and wetlands remain.Many of these are in poor condition and 13 per cent of freshwater and wetland species in the United Kingdom are threatened with extinction. The loss of these important places – to development, drainage and intensive farming – is linked to a huge decline in wildlife, from frogs and newts to insects. Not all is lost. There is a lot we can do in our gardens to help. By digging even a small pond in your back garden or by simply filling … [Read more...] about Why not make a splash for wildlife?