Ten ways in which Harrogate district is going 'Green'

Readers may have spotted the words ‘Zero Carbon Harrogate’ starting to pop up regularly at events across North Yorkshire. But what or who, does it refer to?

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The district has several gorgeous green spaces.

Parks across Harrogate district up for national award

Four of the Harrogate district's most luscious and scenic parks are in the running for a national award, and they need your help to win it.

Planning applications

Planning: Weekly list of applications received by Harrogate Borough Council

Applications received by Harrogate Borough Council, week ending October 14.

The Pinewoods in Harrogate.

Council responds on fears over new housing near Pinewoods

Concern that there will be more new housing in the Pinewoods area of Harrogate have been expressed after news that a long-standing, council-owned horticultural nursery may be sold.
SCRAPPED: Tesco has confirmed the much-debated store proposal will now not be built

BREAKING: Tesco scraps Harrogate superstore plans

In a shock reversal of policy, Harrogate will remain the only major postcode in Britain without a Tesco.

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Picture: Gary Longbottom

Northerners found to be the least grumpy about winter

It's official... Northerners have been found to be the least pessimistic bunch about the winters snowy settings, shorter days and freezing temperatures.
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Work taking place at Kex Gill earlier this year (s)

County council play down A59 Kex Gill fears after Blubberhouses landslip

The county council have dismissed fears that this morning's landslip on the A59 at Blubberhouses was connected to the Kex Gill problems experienced earlier this year.

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Hundreds of twitchers flock to Easington near Hull, to try and spot this rare Siberian accentor. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Video: Hundreds of bird watchers descend on Yorkshire village to see rare Siberian accentor

Hundreds of bird watchers have descended on an East Yorkshire village, after a rare species, never before seen on the British mainland, landed in a car park.

Bloom awards winners declared

Bloom awards winners declared

This year’s winners of Ripon in Bloom’s annual gardens competition were celebrated at a special awards ceremony in Ripon Town Hall recently.

Stuart Minnikin, fly fishing guide with a wild brown trout caught in Eastburn Beck, a tributary of the Aire at Glusburn between Skipton and Keighley. The conservation body the Wild Trout Trust (WTT) has just done some river restoration work there in partnership with the Environment Agency to allow fly fishing back on the river. Picture Tony Johnson.

Can Yorkshire’s rivers pass a clean bill of health?

They may look idyllic, but with almost all of Yorkshire’s rivers failing to meet European water standards, Andrew Griffiths meets those trying to bring them back to health. Pictures by Tony Johnson.

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Pic: PA Photo

Major study examines antibiotics use in sheep sector

The rise in human resistance to antibiotics has prompted a major study to establish when and why sheep farmers use the drugs, in a bid to reduce dependency in agriculture.

A flock of Wensleydale sheep have been added to the farm at Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire operated by Harrison Spinks bed manufacturers.

Watchlist breed recruited for its wool by Yorkshire bed maker

A Yorkshire-based bed manufacturer has taken steps to promote a breed of sheep on the rare breeds watch list, by purchasing a flock on the eve of UK Wool Week.

Unhappy Friends of the Valley Gardens - Chairman of the Friend of The Valley Gardens Jane Blayney with other volunteers. (1609277AM1)

'Save Valley Gardens' plea as public meeting looms

Worried volunteers who look after the Valley Gardens are calling on the public to voice their feelings on the park's future.
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Milestone moment - Allerton Waste Park.

Key moment for North Yorkshire's new £250m-saving waste plant

Construction work on a new waste facility near Knaresborough designed to save £250m in council finances has reached a key milestone with the installation of the tallest part of the facility.

Fracking plans attracted protests in North Yorkshire

Campaigners’ fears that new fracking appeal sets ‘dangerous precedent’ for Yorkshire

Campaigners are urging the Government to consider each fracking case on its own merit as an appeal is passed in Lancashire to overturn a local authority decision.

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.


Fracking fears in national park

FEARS of fracking and over-development hitting the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) have been highlighted in a major new survey on its future.

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People relax in the autumn sun on the beach.

It’s getting hot but lots of snow is forecast for winter

We might have enjoyed a hot start to October, but the sunshine might not last.

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Part of one of the Pinewoods signs which may be about to be put back up.

Pinewoods to get a new path for all in Harrogate?

Pinewood Conservation Group is celebrating progress in its battle to make the beauty spot at the top of Valley Gardens more easily accessible to the whole community.
Tea plants may grow well in Sri Lanka but any chance of trying to grow them in the UK was soon to be thwarted.

Trying to grow tea on a Yorkshire allotment

Yorkshire is famous for its tea, so when I read that you can grow the stuff in England and that there was even a plantation growing in Scotland I thought that I might have spotted a gap in the market and I ordered some bushes to put onto the allotment.

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