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Foster visits interactive environment stand at Balmoral Show

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Mini beast hunting, pond dipping and medieval sword fighting are just some of the highlights of the Environment and Heritage (EHS) stands at this year’s Balmoral Show

.EHS is showcasing two stands which highlight relevant and important messages for all visitors.

Visiting the interactive EHS stands, Arlene Foster, Minister of the Environment said: “I am sure children and adults alike will enjoy the wide range of interactive environmental activities which raise awareness of the many issues which face us all. These highly engaging stands combine both the opportunity to learn and to have fun at the same time.”

Commenting on the stands, Richard Rogers, EHS Chief Executive explained: “The two exhibitions at this year’s Balmoral Show aim to engage with farmers, parents, children and young people alike. They will present information on legislation, a hands-on experience of environmental education and a live biodiversity puppet show.

“Inside the NI Government’s Hall, visitors can talk to EHS staff about current and new environmental regulations and will be able to browse the NetRegs website, which provides free, straightforward guidance on environmental regulations affecting the agricultural industry. Staff will be on hand to show how NetRegs can help businesses "Check, Comply and Cut Costs.

“Outside, behind the Arena Grandstand, the EHS Positive Steps stand showcases the work undertaken at country parks and historic monuments with young people. Programmes teach the importance of biodiversity, conservation, recycling and other key themes. The stand is designed to be a “hands on experience” and includes mini beast hunting, pond dipping, paper potting of plants, making Neolithic pots and medieval sword fighting display.”

EHS is sharing part of the stand with organisations it works closely with and supports. These include both the Environment Education Forum and BBC Breathing Places (schools).

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. Biodiversity puppet show performances (3 daily).
  2. For media enquiries please contact DOE Press Office 028 9054 0014 or out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.