Sunday, October 15, 2006

An apple for the teacher … in fact, for everyone

Anyone heard of the Environment & Heritage Service (EHS)?

According to their website, they are the largest agency under the Department of Environment with approximately 700 staff. Their aim is “to protect, conserve and promote our natural environment and built heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.”

This weekend the EHS organised The Autumn Festival at Crawfordsburn Country Park … which could perhaps have been dubbed The Apple Fair.

On Saturday and Sunday, over two hundred variety of apples available to taste – all available to buy in Great Britain or Ireland.

Freshly crushed apple juice was freely available to sample, and there were particularly tasty bruschetta with apple and brie on top.

You wouldn’t believe the quantities of brie they went through.

Animals were on show too: silky hens, geese, two goats and a rescued donkey– and the children loved it.

So hats off to the EHS for working over the weekend and bringing a little bit of fun, variety and education to the tax payers of Northern Ireland. Thank you.

If only, someone had explained that during the week, the EHS looks at …

EHS takes the lead in advising on, and in implementing, the Government’s environmental policy and strategy in Northern Ireland … promote the Government’s key themes of sustainable development, biodiversity and climate change. Our overall aims are to protect and conserve Northern Ireland’s natural heritage and built environment, to control pollution and to promote the wider appreciation of the environment and best environmental practices.

Our work is a diverse and integrated network that draws on the many different scientific and professional skills and expertise of our staff. This variety of skills base and experience allows us to manage and protect our landscapes and their wildlife, to record and conserve historic monuments and to maintain a cleaner and greener environment.

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