Believe or not we’ve never had an Environment Strategy before…At least not one that’s just for Northern Ireland.  So we’re looking for ideas from you – what do you think our environment should look like? What we should be trying to achieve? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking… Tell us your big […]

How nature can help kids’ mental health​

How nature can help kids’ mental health This time of year can be especially challenging and emotional for kids. Many children worry and stress about going back to school, making new friends, meeting a new teacher or just getting used to new routines. Spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature can give children a chance to […]

What can bugs tell us about our water quality

What Can Bugs Tell Us About Our Water Quality Northern Ireland has some of the most beautiful rivers, lakes and coastal waters anywhere in Europe.  NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) staff undertake a variety of roles to monitor our valuable water resources. One of their main focuses is assessing the water quality in our rivers.  What is […]

Roe Valley Country Park

Visit Roe Valley Country Park and Get Into Nature Roe Valley Country Park Roe Valley Country Park is situated in an area steeped in history and natural beauty. Throughout the park you can see remnants of the industry that once thrived here and enjoy the natural beauty of the River Roe and the surrounding woodlands. […]

Peatlands Park

Visit Peatlands Park and Get Into Nature Kids + play park = FUN This nature inspired play park is going to keep your kids entertained. Parents can keep a close eye on their children from the nearby picnic area. The play park has two play areas. One which is recommended for children aged two and […]

Get In To Nature

Get Into NatureHow many of Northern Ireland’s Country Parks have you been to? Country parks and nature reserves are a great place to visit at any of year. Find out why and plan your next day out…Head Somewhere New…Why Getting Into Nature Could Be The Best MedicineA recent survey published on Gov.uk shows that spending […]

5 Things You Never Knew You Could Compost at Home


1 2 3 4 5 1 Pet Hair If you have pets, you have a supply of compostable materials at your disposal, their fur. TOP TIP! The fur/hair will break down more easily if you spread it out instead of dropping it in large clumps. 2 Seaweed and Kelp If you live near the sea why […]

City-dweller? 5 Reasons YOU Should Care About Compost


City-dweller? You might think that if you’ve no garden, no spare-time, or maybe no desire whatsoever to get green-fingered, then compost isn’t anything to do with you. But that’s where you’re wrong: compost is relevant for everyone, and it’s worth celebrating…  1 2 3 4 5 1 Food is NOT Safe for Landfill You might […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost

compost heap

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost What is composting? Composting involves collecting organic materials, such as kitchen and garden waste, and transforming them into a nutrient-rich food for plants. Bacteria in the compost heap transform scraps into a soil-like substance that can be used to help plants grow in your garden. Why is it good […]

Why It’s Suddenly Cool to Compost

Why It's Suddenly Cool to Compost

Never mind watching the final season of Game of Thrones or getting a ticket to The Open in Portrush (as if there’s any other!), composting is officially one of the cool things to do this year thanks to a recent article by National Geographic which named ‘zero-waste eating’ as one of the top food and drink […]