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Edwin Poots renames Agriculture Department’s Ballykelly HQ in honour of Queen

"It is just one of many events and schemes we have organised in the Department to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.”

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Brian Doherty, Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Contingency Planning Group, DAERA; Fiona McCandless Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Rural Affairs Group, DAERA; DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA and DAERA Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey are pictured at the official renaming ceremony of DAERA’s headquarter building to Jubilee House, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Brian Doherty, Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Contingency Planning Group, DAERA; Fiona McCandless Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Rural Affairs Group, DAERA; DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA and DAERA Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey are pictured at the official renaming ceremony of DAERA’s headquarter building to Jubilee House, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

DAERA's Ballykelly headquarters.

DAERA's Ballykelly headquarters.

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Brian Doherty, Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Contingency Planning Group, DAERA; Fiona McCandless Deputy Secretary, Central Services and Rural Affairs Group, DAERA; DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA and DAERA Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey are pictured at the official renaming ceremony of DAERA’s headquarter building to Jubilee House, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s (DAERA) headquarter building has been officially renamed Jubilee House to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Ballykelly building was officially opened in 2018 and is located on the former Shackleton Army Base.

It boasts modern, cutting edge technologies and also allows for an innovative approach to multi-site working across the DAERA network.

Minister Edwin Poots said it gives him “great pleasure to rename Ballykelly House as Jubilee House to mark and celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.”

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DAERA's Ballykelly headquarters.

DAERA's Ballykelly headquarters.

DAERA's Ballykelly headquarters.

He added: “As one of DAERA’s three headquarters, I believe the renaming of this state-of-the-art building will reflect and honour Her Majesty’s outstanding 70-year reign.

"It is just one of many events and schemes we have organised in the Department to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.”

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In 2019 The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visited the flagship project which is home to a number of eco-friendly initiatives including rainwater harvesting, solar panels, a sedum green roof and swift boxes, which all promote green living and help conserve energy.

Minister Poots said: “My Department has supported a number of Jubilee-related projects including £100,000 to fund a bespoke Pollinator Garden as a legacy of the Platinum Jubilee.

“A 500-year-old oak tree at Belvoir Forest Park has also be chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Trees to be dedicated to The Queen in her Jubilee year.”


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