South ‘favoured’ by flood cash formula

NORTHERN cities like Leeds may be losing out on flood defence funding because the system for allocating taxpayers’ money favours protecting wealthy families and the South East, analysis suggests.

Charges for green waste collection will be introduced in 2017

Pet shop owner fined over waste disposal shambles

A pet shop owner has been slapped with a fine after disposing of his business waste in a town hall’s bins.

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River Aire flood defences to be tested

River Aire flood defences to be tested

The Environment Agency is to test part of the Aire flood defences at Crown Point tomorrow (Thursday).

PIC: James Hardisty

Delight at blooming great effort for Leeds village in national contest

Members of Barwick in Bloom are celebrating after an impressive showing in this year’s Britain in Bloom awards.


YEP Says: Building on land at risk of flood is recipe for disaster

EVEN though Britain’s housing crisis is being exacerbated by a shortage of land available for development, it does not excuse those local authorities which have defied – and continue to ignore – the expert advice of the Environment Agency and allowed new homes to be built on flood-risk land.

Rick Astley

Rick Astley announces Yorkshire forest gig

Eighties singer Rick Astley has confirmed he will play an outdoor concert at a North Yorkshire forest.

DEVASTATION: Parts of Leeds were left submerged after the Boxing Day floods last winter.

‘Housing plans with flood risk approved’

Hundreds of new homes across the country were given the green light in the last five years despite official warnings they will be at risk of flooding, new figures suggest.

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Children more likely to recognise Pikachu than garden birds

Children more likely to recognise Pikachu than garden birds

More Yorkshire children can identify the Pokemon character Pikachu than one of the UK’s most common garden birds.

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The Go Ape attraction in North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest

Go Ape high-wire theme park set for Roundhay Park in Leeds

COUNCILLORS are set to approve a high-wire adventure theme park in the heart of Roundhay Park in Leeds.

DECEMBER 2015: An aerial picture over the Kirkstall Road area.

Government pledges to back Leeds flood fight

The Prime Minister has indicated that she will support the fight against flooding in Leeds.

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George Monbiot says the dry stone walls and patchwork of fields of Britain's rural landscape should be allowed to be replaced by wilderness.

Is it time to let wolves back into the British countryside?

Author and environmentalist George Monbiot is at the forefront of a movement to bring back Britain’s natural landscape. Mark Piesing and Grace Hammond report.

West Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Public urged to report hare coursing in West Yorkshire

Police are mounting a visual campaign to drive out the illegal blood sport of hare coursing from the countryside.

Yorkshire Water pumping station control kiosk

Hunt for hidden Leeds pumping stations

Yorkshire Water has taken ownership of some 49 sewage pumping stations in Leeds.

A model of how The Roundhouse will look.

Boost for volunteers’ resource

An environmental volunteering centre is on the home stretch of a fundraising drive to create a unique £55,000 meeting space.


Leeds beauty spot to hold open day

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is holding an open day to celebrate improvement work completed by the site’s Conservation Volunteers group.

Smog was still a common problem in Leeds in the late 1990s.

Stephen Mosley: Learn lessons of history for cleaner air

AS dirty air has re-emerged as a major public health issue in urban areas like Leeds, environmental historians like myself have begun to investigate the origins of atmospheric pollution problems in Britain and the wider world.

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A mulberry bush at HMP Wakefield, which has been shortlisted for the "tree of the year".

Yorkshire’s original mulberry bush shortlisted at ‘tree Oscars’ (like the real ones but with more wooden acceptance speeches)

A SYCAMORE which starred in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the original Bramley apple tree and a tree which has swallowed a bicycle are among those shortlisted for “tree of the year”.


HMP Wakefield’s mulberry bush is shortlisted for ‘Tree of the Year’

A mulberry bush in a West Yorkshire prison has been shortlisted for ‘Tree of the Year.’

A visitor looks at the chrysanthemums on display at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground.  Pictures: Tony Johnson.

Autumn flower show opens in Harrogate

Sweet scented petals form a riot of colour and the size of the prized vegetables just keep getting bigger. Sure signs that Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is well and truly underway.

Cuckoo numbers have fallen across the UK. Experts hope tagging some of the birds will help them work out how to arrest their decline.

Meet David Peckham, the Yorkshire cuckoo leading experts a merry dance

The cuckoo’s astonishing journey from the Dales to Africa could hold the clue to why the bird’s numbers are in freefall.

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