- Friday, 29 November 2013
Residents were celebrating a David and Goliath victory after a global energy giant scrapped plans to build one of world's biggest wind farms in the Bristol Channel.
German-based RWE wanted to build 240 huge turbines, each 722ft tall - more than four times the height of Nelson's Column - nine miles off the coast of North Devon.
But in the face of massive opposition from locals and conservation groups the company confirmed it was pulling the plug on the £4 billion Atlantic Array project - because it would be "uneconomic" to continue.The vast swathe of turbines were projected to generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity, helping Britain meet its renewable energy targets and create thousands of jobs.
- Monday, 04 November 2013
The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is celebrating the generosity of its givers with the planting of a new glade of endangered trees.
A group of monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana) trees will be planted in an area to be named Holford Glade, after Robert Holford, who planted the arboretum from the 1850s onwards.
The planting will commemorate the gifts made by Holford and Maple Circle givers, who have been invited to plant the trees on Friday 8 November 2013 to acknowledge their support of the Westonbirt Project.
- Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Help-yourself vegetable beds, a ‘pop bottle greenhouse’, a solar powered water fountain and a cluster of mini allotments are just some of the novel ways residents at a Scunthorpe housing scheme are finding to enjoy cheaper, healthier food whilst doing their bit for the environment.
Residents ranging from teenagers to those in their 70s have been embracing the green agenda at Teignmouth Court, off Charles Lovell Way, a scheme of 46 flats owned and managed by Guinness Northern Counties.
- Thursday, 09 May 2013
Become a tree investigator with the OPAL Tree Health Survey
The Open Air Laboratories’ (OPAL) seventh nature survey, Tree Health, opens today
Spring into action and discover more about our trees by taking part in the OPAL Tree Health survey. OPAL researchers, together with experts from the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and Forest Research, are asking everyone to examine the trees in their local area and keep a special eye out for pests and diseases, particularly those affecting our most loved trees, Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut.
- Monday, 18 February 2013
A wildlife photographer was left baffled after capturing this Russian meteor-like object hurtling through the British sky.
Stunned Annie Henderson, 65, was taking pictures of starlings on the Somerset Levels with a friend when she saw the bright light moving at high speed.
She took a number of shots of the spectacle and was amazed when she blew them up on her computer the next day.
The distant light appears to be burning with flaming gases shooting off its form, baffling the retired garden centre owner.
- Monday, 18 February 2013
With record levels of rainfall causing the highest rate of cliff falls ever seen in one year along the South West Coast Path, the public is being urged to come forward and help raise much needed funds through a special event.
Over the 630 miles of South West Coast Path, there are usually two or three cliff falls each year, with a total of 11 falls in the past five years; yet between November 2012 and mid-January 2013, there have been 21.
- Monday, 11 February 2013
Park rangers at one of the country’s most beautiful nature reserves were stunned when fly-tippers dumped a CARAVAN filled with household waste in one of the site’s car parks.
Staff at the picturesque Cotswold Water Park, which boasts 150 lakes, couldn’t believe their eyes when they discovered the mess last Tuesday morning.
Rangers found the entrance to Waterhay Car Park near Ashton Keynes, Wilts., blocked by the top half of a caravan which was crammed with unwanted household waste.
- Friday, 08 February 2013
A Bristol woman is going plastic free for Lent in an effort to highlight just how much we depend on the stuff, and to encourage people to think twice abut single-use products.
Emily Smith is a Sea Champion volunteer for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS campaign to cut down on the use of plastic, from bags to bottles. The amount of plastic litter on beaches and in the sea is increasing, and with it grows the risk it poses to marine life.
- Thursday, 31 January 2013
A controversial wind turbine that stood at a whopping 115FT has collapsed after it was brought down by - heavy WINDS.
The £250,000 tower - as tall as a ten storey building - toppled over after gale force gusts of 50mph left it a ''mangled, blackened wreck with melted blades''.
Experts say the winds were so strong the blades literally span out of control causing the massive structure to catch fire and collapse on Sunday evening.
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