Environment

Sunday, 10 February 2013 20:19

Rural warning over flood defences

A £2.3bn government investment in flood defences continues to discriminate against rural areas, business leaders have warned.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 11:49

Split over changes to planning rules

PROPOSALS to ease planning rules will put the countryside at risk, say conservationists.

Monday, 21 January 2013 06:53

Councils face pothole nightmare

RURAL business leaders are urging councils not to cut back on repairs to roads damaged by freezing temperatures.

Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:54

£20m flood bill for rural insurer

RURAL insurer NFU Mutual faces a bill of up to £20m following floods across the Midlands, south-west England and Wales.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:51

Call for planning to boost growth

RURAL businesses are calling for a planning system that is less costly and bureaucratic to encourage growth in the countryside.

Sunday, 11 November 2012 15:02

Avoid turbine 'buffer zones', councils told

LOCAL councils should avoid creating 'buffer zones' around villages to stop wind turbines blighting communities, says a report.

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:29

Fears grow over deadly tree disease

A BAN on the import of ash trees to combat the threat of ash dieback could be too late to stop the disease spreading across the UK.

Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:07

Ramblers forge path to better access

WALKERS are learning the skills they need to join the growing ranks of footpath volunteers in Oxfordshire.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 19:56

Council gives away trees for planting

A FREE tree scheme is being made available to farmers and rural landowners in Leicestershire.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 10:48

Government warning on wind farms

WIND farms in the countryside must generate more benefits for local communities, the government has warned.

Monday, 27 August 2012 12:00

Protect green belt, ministers urged

RURAL campaigners have called on the government to maintain its pledge to protect the green belt.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 11:36

Residents have say on conservation

SIX rural communities across County Durham are the latest to have their say on local conservation.