PUBLIC CONSULTATION – Garvagh Forest Trails Development

PUBLIC CONSULTATION – Garvagh Forest Trails Development
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is working in partnership with Outdoor Recreation NI to
develop a network of mountain bike and walk trails within Garvagh Forest. In order to inform and
update the local community and interested parties, a public consultation event will take place on
Wednesday 1 February from 7pm – 8.30pm at Garvagh Development Trust, 85 Main Street,
Garvagh, BT51 5AB.
To confirm attendance or for more information please contact: Tel: 028 90303930

‘Realising The Potential’ Garvagh High School

‘Realising the Potential’ Garvagh High School Community Information Evening on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 7.30pm in Garvagh Community Building. Please register via Garvagh Enterprise Trust Facebook page or email

The Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels – an exhibition by Garvagh Museum to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday will be launched on Friday 10th June 2016 at 7.30pm in Garvagh Community Building and will open every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm until 25th June 2016. Special arrangements can be made for groups outside of these times by calling in advance on 02829558544 or 02829557766.
The exhibition will include the Imperial State Crown, the Sceptres, the great Sword of State, the Great Mace, Queen Mary’s Orb and Royal memorabilia going back to the reign of Queen Victoria.

Garvagh Big Forest Day

Garvagh Big Forest Day on Saturday 25th June 2016 from 12.30pm to 4pm.
Great family day for all with activities and events happening in the Forest and around Garvagh Museum on the former Garvagh High School site. All welcome and spread the word!
Hope to see you there


Monday 20th June @7.00 pm – Garvagh Community Building


Shaping the Future for Causeway Coast and Glens – Have Your Say – Community Engagement Events

A public Community Engagement Event has been organised in order to inform people about Community Planning and how they can engage with the process. Also to access the voices and views of as wide a group of people as possible.

Monday 20th June 2016 in Garvagh Community Building, Main Street, Garvagh – commencing at 7.00pm ending approximately 9.00pm
Please register your interest in attending this event by contacting or by
telephone to 028 2766 0202. If you require specific assistance at the meeting please contact the Community Planning Team directly.
Community Planning is one of the new responsibilities of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The purpose of community planning is to develop a long term vision and plan for the Causeway Coast and Glens area and all its citizens, based on analysis of needs, identifying priorities and seeking out opportunities to address them.

The process aims to achieve an overall, integrated view of the social, economic and environmental needs of our area. The Community Plan as a strategic planning tool will be the key over-arching framework for partnerships and initiatives in our Council area and at local and neighbourhood levels. It is not seen as an additional or parallel process to structures already in place.

Developing and implementing the Community Plan is a major undertaking and will involve partnership working at many different levels in the area. As lead partner, Council is currently establishing a process to work alongside statutory agencies and others to develop and implement a shared vision to improve quality of life for our citizens.

The statutory partners of Council designated by legislation and forming the initial participants in the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership alongside ten Elected Members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are as follows:-

Tourism NI, Police Service for NI, Education Authority for NI, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency, Housing Executive NI, The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), NI Fire and Rescue Service, Invest NI, Sport NI and Libraries NI.

This is an exciting time for all of us, with the opportunity for mapping together a range of services from all sectors within the community to enhance better outcomes for all our citizens.

Council is also developing a Community Planning Register of Interest for any group or individual interested in being informed and updated about the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Plan. Those interested can contact a member of the Community Planning Team who will be happy to assist you, by email:, by telephone: 028 2766 0202 or do so at one of the series of public meetings taking place across the Borough.
Community Planning Team
Tel: 028 2766 0202 / 0209

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Garvagh Forest School

Garvagh Forest School is up and running.  We have had a ball with St Columba’s & Gorran PS on Wednesday and Carhill, St Patrick’s & St Joseph’s, & Garvagh PS on Thursday hiding treasure and making maps out of twigs, leaves etc so the others could find the treasure ….  learning outside has been so much fun can’t wait for next week.  Check out our classroom…..

Developments Trust NI

Very interesting event being held in Garvagh Community Building with great relevance to our ambitions for Garvagh Forest School and the wider former Garvagh High School Site.

Development Trusts NI, is pleased to invite interested parties to a seminar and public discussion on community owned, community managed woodlands.The seminar seeks to facilitate an opportunity for those with an interest in land reform, local regeneration and development to come together and share experiences, challenges and opportunities and consider ways in which mutual interests can be advanced.

This seminar will look at community ownership and management of land and woodlands in Scotland with a keynote contribution from Jon Hollingdale, CEO of the Communtiy Woodlands Association Scotland. Jon will reflect on the factors that have facilitated and driven forward community ownership in Scotland and the lessons learned for communities in NI.

The seminar will also hear from Nial O’Kane who will present on the work of Carntogher Community Association who have been to the fore in rural regeneration and land ownership in NI. Lauri McCusker (CEO Fermanagh Trust & DTNI Director) will consider the wider implications for rural communties overlooked as strategic rural regeneration partners and the new social enterprises that might be established through more and better community ownership.

Garvagh Community Building – 85 Main Street Garvagh, Northern Ireland BT51 GB – View Map
Garvagh, United Kingdom Events Seminar Community

Garvagh High School proposal is backed

Update on Garvagh High School Site

UPDATE – GARVAGH HIGH SCHOOL SITE PROJECT. There was a good turn out at last night’s meeting from members of the Garvagh High School Project Team to discuss the outline business case that the Causeway Coast & Glens Council have asked for. This will help the new Council make a decision by the end of January about whether they will submit an expression of interest in the site.This does not confer any liability on the Council – it just gives a 6-9 months window to work up a detailed business plan based on the ideas that have been developed over the last year by everyone. If you would like any further information on what is happening or would like to become involved then contact Rose Smyth at CRUN ( or at 028 7034 4934.

Garvagh High School Meeting

Come along on Tuesday 30th September @7.30 pm in Garvagh Community Building to hear ‘the plan’ and ‘next steps’ for the Garvagh High School site.


Picturing the Future

Thursday 21st November 2013 from 7pm GADDA Building


A big ‘Thank You’ to all those who took part in the Community Conversation on the 26th September – we had a really good turn out and gathered in some great ideas on the future of the High School. Thanks also to the many others who took the time to share their thoughts with us. Now we want to show you how these ideas are shaping up and enlist your help once more to make sure we are on the right lines. Whether you are a familiar face or a newcomer we’d love you to come along to this next event and help us as we convert your ideas into a workable plan.

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Garvagh High School Conversations

A big ‘Thank You’ to all those who took part in the Community Conversation on the 26th September – we had a really good turn out and gathered in some great ideas on the future of the High School. These are currently being assessed, added to and developed into a number of options which will form the basis of the final report. If you would like to see how these options are shaping up and talk through the thinking thus far then please come along to a further session we are running on the 21st November from 7pm at the GADDA Building.

In the meantime for those who haven’t been able to join in the conversations yet here are some of the highlights so far;

The need for a plan … allowing the school site to sit idle and gradually fall into disrepair is not an option – we need to develop a realistic, integrated and workable plan for how it might be developed in the future

The need to consider a number of options … we discussed
• Making provision for young people and sports activities
• Developing a multi use community facility – a venue, a meeting place, a productive space, a market, a campus, a play space – a resource for the entire community
• Facilitating the development of tourism – building on the museum and Garvagh’s other assets to create a proposition that will appeal to visitors and encourage them to stop, shop and stay
• Focusing on learning and developing skills – developing a centre of excellence in providing practical experience and focused training for real jobs

The need to be realistic … we must think carefully about what’s really needed and come up with a practical and realistic plan that delivers real benefits

The need to hear from others … we must ensure that as many voices as possible contribute to the discussion

If you can’t make the 21st November and are anxious to get in touch please contact Louise Browne on 07411081000. You might prefer to put your comments in writing, in which case please send them to Louise Browne Associates, 35 Glandore Avenue, Belfast BT15 3FD or e-mail We look forward to hearing from you.


A Community Conversation Thursday 26th September 2013 from 7pm GADDA Building


In response to the closure of Garvagh High School this event is the beginning of a short process which aims to explore the options for the development of the High School site and to hear your thoughts on the potential that the site offers; ambitions for its future use and your role in shaping a realistic plan for its development. We need your help to establish who needs to be involved; current knowledge about the site; ideas or plans currently being developed and what can be done and how. This event is about exploring the possibilities for its reuse and regeneration and to raise awareness of the heritage value of this site and future potential to generate economic and social vitality.

Please confirm your attendance to or give her a call on 07411 081000.


Causeway Rural & Urban Network, supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, is taking this initiative forward and has appointed Louise Browne Associates to progress the work. There will be opportunities for you to participate as the work progresses through meetings, workshops and seminars. Keep an eye on where we will post information on the events planned.

If you have any thoughts or would like to find out more about the study feel free to contact;

Ann McNickle at
028 703 44934

Rose Smyth at
028 703 44934

Karin Eyben at
028 2955 7462

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