Wood recycler boosts job prospects

The Northern Echo: Karen Stubbings, right, from The Woodpile Company, with Mark Pearce.

11:33am Thursday 30th October 2014

A COMPANY which offers people with disabilities the chance to gain practical paid work experience while protecting the environment has been launched.

Laws needed to restore wildlife and increase access to nature

The Northern Echo: Image for RSPB SALTHOLME

12:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

FEWER than one in ten children play regularly in wild places, campaigners warned as they called for new laws to restore wildlife and increase access to nature.

Rule changes mean vulnerable householders could miss out on free insulation

The Northern Echo: ENERGY CUTBACKS: Karen Hindhaugh of GoWarm in front of some of the benefitting houses with Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Borough Council when the scheme was expanded last year.

12:05pm Monday 27th October 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS could be missing out on energy-saving wall insulation following a change in Government policy, according to a council’s green champion.

Green waste collection taken away from hundreds of residents

8:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VILLAGERS feel discriminated against after Durham County Council announced plans to stop collecting garden waste from their area.

Red sky in the morning....

The Northern Echo: SHEPHERD'S WARNING: The sunrise over Richmond. Photo: Paul Kingston.

7:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

A 'SHEPHERD'S warning' sunrise was witnessed yesterday (Monday) morning over North Yorkshire. Our pictures shows the glowing red and orange sky over the imposing 12th century Norman keep of Richmond Castle. Parts of Britain are subject to severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office following the approach of former Hurricane Gonzalo, which was forecast to hit Britain overnight.

Dozens object to new homes plan

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

2:01pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A DEVELOPER seeking to build 13 homes in a village near Bishop Auckland says she has the area's best interests at heart.

North of England to taste some of Hurricane Gonzalo's wrath

The Northern Echo:

1:27pm Saturday 18th October 2014

SIGNIFICANT travel disruption and dangerous driving conditions are expected on Tuesday as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo reach Britain's shores, the Met Office has warned.

Nature reserve volunteer honoured

The Northern Echo: L to R: David Kitchen and David Braithwaite

5:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A TEESSIDE volunteer has been honoured for his work in helping to create one of the region’s top nature reserves.

Junior eco warriors win top prize

The Northern Echo: Back Row (L to R): Jane Armstrong, Regional Sales Manager, Emerald Biogas and Alison Wigham, Year Four and Five Class Teacher at Coxhoe Primary School celebrate the winning design of the Recycling Racers Team.Front Row (L to R):  Daisy, 9, Leah, 9, Kyle,

7:57am Thursday 16th October 2014

A TEAM of wannabe eco warriors from Coxhoe Primary School in County Durham have won a poster competition as part of the Waste Warriors food waste campaign launched by Emerald Biogas, the North-East’s only commercial food waste anaerobic digestion facility.

Close encounter with a pod of dolphins

The Northern Echo:

7:39am Thursday 16th October 2014

FOOTAGE of white-beaked dolphins has been captured during a marine survey off the North-East coast.

Overhaul for meadows

1:19pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MORE than 160 acres of hay meadow has been restored and enhanced in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Yorkshire. The restoration has provided essential habitat in the Nidderdale area, which covers areas from Masham and Ripon to Pateley Bridge and beyond. It now means more than 240 acres of hay meadow has been created in the area in the past three years. Further work is planned in the next two years with moves to introduce wildflowers to 120 acres of hay meadows, pastures, road verges and buffer strips at the edge of silage fields. For more information on the Nidderdale AONB hay meadow restoration project contact Kelly.harmar@harrogate.gov.uk or ring 01423-556035.

Huge success for second Festival of Thrift

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL OF THRIFT: Children on the Scrap Studio Arts stall. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10835231)

11:38am Sunday 28th September 2014

SCORES of thrifty-themed stalls, striking artwork and a rapping pensioner all helped this year’s Festival of Thrift become another huge success.

TV presenter will visit the North Pennines

4:38pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A WILDLIFE television presenter will visit the North Pennines to celebrate the end of a community initiative to keep watch over the area’s animals and plants.

Tree of the year contest launched

The Northern Echo: Oak tree

7:47am Thursday 18th September 2014

CONSERVATIONISTS are hoping that one of the North’s ancient trees will soon be taking a ‘bough’ after the launch of a competition to find the best specimen in Europe.

Threat rises for region's seabirds

The Northern Echo: Puffins on the Inner Farne in the Farne Islands.

9:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

SEABIRDS in the North-East are among those being hit by a triple whammy of extreme weather, predators and disturbance by humans, the National Trust has said.

Solar, so good

The Northern Echo: Vanilla pods.

8:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST lender has helped a group of African farmers to invest in solar panels.

Ray of light for Teesside transport company

The Northern Echo: Duncan Renewables install 240kW solar PV system on AV Dawson’s fabrication halls

7:07am Thursday 18th September 2014

A THIRD-GENERATION distribution company has invested in renewable energy to help it tackle increasing energy costs

National park heritage project lands award

7:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PROJECT to help conserve the heritage of a national park has won a national award and a £1,000 prize.

New man for forest role

4:01pm Friday 12th September 2014

A NEW man has been appointed to oversee the management of the region’s public forests.

Labour announces plans to give councils power over low emission zones

The Northern Echo: You Write for March 6 - concern over traffic in Tenbury and the joys of volunteering with Beanstalk

6:01am Thursday 11th September 2014

TOWNS and cities will be able to impose tough curbs on pollution-pumping vehicles – to cut the heavy death toll from fumes – under Labour plans.

Farmer furious after police kill prize £5,000 bull which was "not a danger to anyone"

The Northern Echo: BILLY BULL: Philip Marley with his bull lying where it was shot by police. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FURIOUS farmer has made an official complaint to North Yorkshire police after armed officers shot his prize bull.

Making hay ....

The Northern Echo:

12:38am Saturday 30th August 2014

A FARMER loads a trailer full of hay bales near Winston Gate, County Durham in this photo by Northern Echo photographer Chris Booth.

Seabirds in the north threatened by triple whammy

The Northern Echo: SURVEY: Puffins in the Farne Islands, Northumberland. The 2013 National Trust puffin census has begun to discover whether numbers have plummeted after a year of extreme weather in which 3,500 birds were washed up dead

12:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

SEABIRDS in the North-East are among those being hit by a triple whammy of extreme weather, predators and disturbance by humans, the National Trust has said.

Labour demands tougher fracking controls

The Northern Echo: Drilling at the Balcombe fracking site in West Sussex earlier this year

6:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

LABOUR has demanded tougher regulations before ‘fracking’ is allowed to go ahead, to give people “confidence” that the technology is safe.

Summer is all about getting out and enjoying the great outdoors

7:01am Thursday 21st August 2014

THERE’S full programme of activities for nature lovers at a North-East reserve.

Endangered species is given a helping hand - by salmon and trout

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Environment  Agency staff catching the fish that will help the mussels breed.

2:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

AN endangered species at risk of extinction has been given a helping hand by scientists committed to saving them.

Head for the hills

5:56pm Sunday 17th August 2014

PEOPLE are being urged to head for the hills during a festival that aims to combine the best walking and dining the North Pennines has to offer.

Protests against giant wind turbines near Redcar

The Northern Echo: PEOPLE POWER: Anti wind turbine demonstrators at Kirkleatham. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

1:41pm Sunday 17th August 2014

RESIDENTS of three villages came together to protest against a proposed wind turbine development on Saturday.

Capturing wildlife on camera

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9:01am Thursday 14th August 2014

FOUR photographers have been rewarded for their efforts in capturing wildlife on camera.

Solar industry dismayed by new subsidies

The Northern Echo: Wind farm near Sedgefield.

7:19am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE solar power industry accused the Government of undermining the development of renewable technologies, after it emerged they would have access to just £50m of annual funding.

Ocean swim to protect seas

The Northern Echo: Lewis Pugh, who is to undertake seven swims in the Seven Seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.

7:02am Thursday 14th August 2014

BRITISH endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is to undertake seven swims in the Seven Seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.

Bee at Darlington's South Park on Saturday for Friends of the Earth Walk

The Northern Echo: Walkers are invited to dress up as bees

11:26am Thursday 7th August 2014

DARLINGTON Friends of the Earth will lead a bee walk around South Park on Saturday, August 9. Walkers, who are invited to dress up as bees, will be on the look-out for bees and other pollinators. Friends of the Earth representatives will share information about how to make the environment more bee friendly. The walk, which begins at 11am, is buggy friendly and suitable for all. Light refreshments will be provided at the end.

Man bitten three times by adder on North York Moors

The Northern Echo:

5:44pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A MAN is seriously ill in hospital after being bitten by a snake three times in North Yorkshire today.

Surfing seal catches a wave off Northumberland coast

The Northern Echo:

7:21pm Monday 4th August 2014

TWO surfers were left astounded when a seal joined in trying to catch some waves by climbing onto their boards.

Darlington squirrel is nuts for carving in his own image

The Northern Echo:

9:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

WOOD you believe it? This grey squirrel in South Park, Darlington is clearly a fan of this carving in his own image.

Air pollution will continue to be a killer, Government admits

The Northern Echo: Defra

2:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AIR pollution will continue to kill hundreds of people every year in the North-East for at least another decade, the Government has admitted.

Cash flows for River Tees project

The Northern Echo: A rural scene showing The River Tees near Stockton

6:04am Thursday 17th July 2014

“THE river is the reason why we’re here, why we’ve always been here, and it’s time to kindle a new relationship with it.”

Community project reaps the benefits of its first year

The Northern Echo: VEG OUT: Ann and Tony Barmby, who are involved with the Veg Out project in Barnard Castle. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:04am Thursday 17th July 2014

A COMMUNITY project to develop pop-up gardens in unlikely locations in a County Durham town is reaping the benefits of a successful first year.

Appeal for seal monitoring volunteers along the Tees

The Northern Echo: STANDALONE PHOTO. Seals and seal pups bask on the banks of the River Tees, on an area called the Seal Sands which is now designated as the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve.  There are up to 70 harbour seals and 30 grey seals exposed on the mudbanks, than

3:40pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

SEAL monitors are being sought along the River Tees.

Poisonous flower thought extinct found near Sunderland

The Northern Echo:

3:29pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A NATIONAL Trust warden in Sunderland has discovered a poisonous flower which was thought to be extinct in the wild.

Sorry landowner inadvertently destroyed bat roost

The Northern Echo: Bat Night

8:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A LANDOWNER who inadvertently destroyed a bat roost by demolishing a disused filling station appeared before magistrates today (Thursday, July 10).

Butterfly walk at Stillington

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10:56am Tuesday 8th July 2014

THERE will be a guided walk around Stillington Forest Park, Stockton on Tees, on Sunday July 20 from 1pm to 3pm.

Government needs a Cilla Black to find farming blind dates, says North Yorkshire MP

The Northern Echo: MP Anne McIntosh

1:08pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire MP has told ministers to play the role of matchmaker Cilla Black and take inspiration from Blind Date to improve farming in the UK.

If you go down to the woods today - look out for the lobster moth

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

NATURE lovers are being urged to look out for lobsters in the woods - a bizarre request that will actually help conservationists monitor moth populations.

Youths work together to spruce up community nature reserve

The Northern Echo: CREATIVE BUILDING: Students from Stockton Riverside College have been working with the Prince's Trust to create a picnic area in Maidendale Nature Reserve in Darlington.  In this created area are Beth Styles, Darryl Irion, Chantara Baker, Jennifer Caw

12:31pm Sunday 29th June 2014

A TEAM of young people rolled up their sleeves to help transform a community nature reserve for the benefit of local people.

Threatened species could cope better with climate change if competition restricted, say Durham University researchers

The Northern Echo: Chamois on cliffs Pic: Tom Mason.

2:28pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THREATENED animal species could cope better with the effects of climate change if competition from other animals for the same habitats is restricted, according to new research by Durham University.

Valuable peatland restored in North Yorkshire

12:18am Friday 20th June 2014

THE Yorkshire Peat Partnership has restored 17,000 hectares of peatland in North Yorkshire - the equivalent of about 10,000 football pitches - and is well on track to hitting its target of 35,000 hectares by 2017.

Families urged to discover what comes out after dark at RSPB Saltholme's Big Wild Sleepout

2:01pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

FAMILIES are urged to prepare for camping with a difference this month by joining an exclusive event at RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton.

Fire crews to the rescue for ducks in a drain

10:45pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS never duck a challenge and that was certainly the case this evening. (Tuesday)

Endangered butterflies spread their wings

The Northern Echo: TAKING FLIGHT: The small pearl-bordered fritillary

5:38pm Monday 9th June 2014

EIGHT new arrivals have set hearts aflutter among wildlife experts as a project to save an endangered butterfly takes off.

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