Local Environment Initiatives
Lincolnshire's US-style 'mega' dairy farm on hold as plans are withdrawnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Nocton Dairies says Environment Agency objections derailed proposed 3,770-cow facility but new submission is likely. Controversial plans to build a huge, US-style "mega" dairy farm in Lincolnshire, housing thousands of cows and compared by critics to a battery chicken farm, have been withdrawn. Nocton Dairies, the applicant, blamed objections from the Environment Agency for the decision but hinted that a new plan could be submitted.
'Super-dairy' with 3,770 cows triggers 14,000 planning objectionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
Protesters say cows should be in fields, but a dairy owner says they rarely are, and his giant project is the only way forward. For a small rural district council in Lincolnshire it has been quite a postbag - more than 14,000 complaints registered for one planning application. Not just from locals worried about traffic and noise, but from animals rights campaigners, environmentalists, MPs and even celebrities. All are furious at the notion of a "super dairy".
The coalition holds Britain's cultural fabric in contemptGuardian Unlimited | 01 Feb 2011
The port of Dover is now on the market. How does 'big society' talk fit with flogging off our heritage? Dover MP Charlie Elphicke is a good-time Tory of a recognisable type. With his yellow ties and generous quiff, he stands ever ready to slam the unions and moan about Europe. But he also has a...
Country diary: StraithnairnGuardian Unlimited | 27 Jan 2011
Standing under the aspen trees that straddle this burn in our strath, I wondered at the varying shapes. Some trunks were straight while others were twisted but all, in the wintry landscape, seemed gaunt. With suckering the main means of reproduction, I thought the dozen or so trees I could see were possibly from the same roots system, ie they could be all the same tree which, with their varying profiles, seems to defy logic.
Country diary: Wenlock EdgeGuardian Unlimited | 26 Jan 2011
I was not used to seeing the Edge from this angle; it was like becoming the view looking back at myself or casting a shadow. When views to the west were lost in fog or hidden behind trees, I would often stand between the fields and wooded scarp slope looking south-east to the Clee Hills: a strangely self-contained land with its two mountains, wide open commons and isolated history.
Opposition mounts against UK 'mega-dairy'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Jan 2011
Opposition has intensified against plans to build a US-style "mega" dairy farm in Lincolnshire in the run-up to today's crucial deadline for comments on the controversial planning application. Over 72,000 individuals have signed an online petition opposing Nocton Dairies' plans for a 3,770-cow...
Letters: Prefabs, Fabs and mass demolitionGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
The Twentieth Century Society and English Heritage are barking up the wrong tree in trying to "save" the prefab Excalibur estate in Lewisham (Anger over plans to demolish historic prefab estate, 3 January). The Excalibur residents' long struggle is a lesson about how people want to live together....
Green shoots: Dusk and dawnGuardian Unlimited | 05 Jan 2011
We asked for your photographs featuring winter wildlife at dawn and dusk, and you demonstrated that December is not necessarily a monochrome affair.
Forest of Dean selloff angers localsGuardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
In pictures: More than 3,000 people at rally pledge to defend 'the people's' trees in the area between the rivers Severn and Wye from what they fear will be corporate land grab.
A life less ordinary: Tobias JonesGuardian Unlimited | 21 Nov 2010
In his Somerset wood, Tobias and family welcome their latest guests - Annabelle, Princess, Harriet Pig Pog and Ginger. But will they really be eating them in a year? We got a call a few days ago from Pilsdon, the community that – as regular readers will know – is very much the model for what we're...
In praise of... Sunderland PointGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
Choosing what to protect of Britain's vulnerable coastline is a difficult balancing act. Choosing what to protect and what to try to save from the stormy waters around the British coast is an invidious task. Sunderland Point (that's Sunderland, Lancashire, not Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) is typical...
Government Consults on National Park GovernanceEnvironmental Protection UK | 16 Nov 2010
Defra is reviewing the governance arrangements of National Park Authorities (NPAs) via a consultation aimed at increasing local accountability. The stated purpose of the review is to explore ways in which governance of the NPAs can be made more effective and more responsive to local concerns and to consider the extent to which it is appropriate for different NPAs to have different organisational arrangements in place.
Tuesday fringe picks - Ming in the houseEpolitix.com | 05 Oct 2010
Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell, his party colleague Danny Alexander and author Sir Terry Pratchett will be at Tory party fringes today. Tuesday begins with the British Chambers of Commerce event with Eric Pickles at 8 am. It will consider how local authorities and businesses can work together on renewal.
Environment Agency Begins Search for Environmental PioneersEnvironmental Protection UK | 15 Sep 2010
EA is calling for entries for its inaugural Environmental Pioneer Awards. The Awards have been launched to recognise those organisations who are leading the way on environmental performance; those who are pioneering new ways to reduce emissions and pollution; those who have introduced sustainable business practices and those who consistently go further than they are required to do by the law.
Country diary: Peak DistrictGuardian Unlimited | 05 Sep 2010
In Norfolk I have long grown accustomed to a very patchy distribution in our local swallows. Much of the vernacular architecture has been converted into residences or otherwise made unsuitable for these barn-dwelling creatures. The more pervasive use of insecticides in our arable county has also...
It's time to get on your bikeThe Independent | 30 Mar 2010
As the organisers of next month's Walk To Work Week (April 26-30) and Bike Week (June 19-27) get in some serious training, even the most hardened motorist is running out of excuses not to boycott rising fuel prices and go green.
People Won't Change Lifestyle For Planet: Straw PollPlanet Ark | 03 Sep 2009
LONDON - People want to save the planet but are unwilling to make radical lifestyle changes like giving up air travel or red meat to reduce the effects of climate change, a straw poll by Reuters showed.