The Future of Sustainability in Newry, Mourne and Down

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Monday, April 20th, 2015
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Naomi Baillie, Chair of the new Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recently took time to visit Burrenbridge Community Field near Castlewellan to find out more about practical sustainability ahead of a Council-led Sustainability workshop on April 27th. sustainability1 The project in Burrenbridge, where volunteers have led community efforts to transform waste ground into a resource for the community, has been evolving for eight years. The group has a Green Gym project supported by The Conservation Volunteers, where vegetable and fruit growing and garden maintenance are undertaken every week. The group regularly runs courses on topics like hedge laying, polytunnel growing and biodiversity and last week brought 30 children out onto the road to participate in a litter-lift. Naomi Bailie remarked, “This is a great example of local sustainability: food growing, biodiversity, health and well being, access to the outdoors and community involvement. These all contribute in different ways to the bigger sustainability picture. “As a council we have an essential role in helping our society to transition to one where we use less carbon, where we recycle more waste, where we manage our landscape sensitively, and where we value and protect our biodiversity. Council Sustainability advert“When we can do this by also creating economic opportunities and improving peoples health and well being then we are being really sustainable. “The Council would like to be more supportive of the efforts of groups, households, and businesses to become more sustainable. “As part of our new Community Planning remit Council will be working with all of the projects, initiatives, businesses who are already becoming more sustainable. We hope to learn from those projects and to assist others who are wanting to become more sustainable,” she added. If you would like to join this conversation Council are inviting any business, group, organisation, or individual who is interested in sustainability to come along on April 27th to Tollymore Mountain Centre and share what they are doing with others, to help the council to discover how it can best help move this essential agenda along. The workshop starts at 9.30am and finishes at 1.00pm. Register for the event by emailing sheena.mceldowney@nmandd.org

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