All the latest environment news from across the North East. Read the latest environment stories, features and campaigns from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

People making pesto at The Late Shows

Could Newcastle's rooftops become an urban farm?

A new project in Newcastle is envisaging a future where food is produced on urban rooftops and green spaces

The Belford natural flood defences

Northumberland pioneering flood defence scheme picks up award

As the Environment Agency completes its flood defence scheme in Belford, Northumberland, we ask about its plans for the future

People enjoy the mild weather at Alnmouth, Northumberland

We are using the environment as a cost-free dumping ground

Kate Thick says our North East beaches may be wonderful, but it's a different story in the world's oceans

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population

The anaerobic digestion plant at Nestle's Fawdon factory uses food waste to produce gas, which generates electricity to supply the production line

Anaerobic digester provides 8% of energy needs at Nestlé's Fawdon factory

Sweet waste turned into biogas brings a host of environmental and practical benefits as Nestlé seeks to reduce carbon footprint

Warning signs about the water in the pond at East Cramlington Local Nature Reserve which could be harmful to dogs if they drink it

Warning signs at East Cramlington nature reserve after dogs fall ill

Water alert signs have been erected at East Cramlington nature reserve after pet dogs fell ill after drinking water

Viscount Ridley and Gosforth Nature reserves Director James Littlewood at the new hide named in honour of Viscount Ridleys father

Architects design centrepiece for Gosforth Park reserve

A new observation hide has been designed by Gateshead architects and built by volunteers at Gosforth Park wildlife reserve

Potter Ian Kille's ceramic little terns

Northumberland pottery little terns tempt birds to safety

Ceramics expert turns out models to help migrating birds find their way to a safe haven on the Northumberland coast

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda

A red squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth at Kielder Forest

RSPB survey reveals wildlife use of North East gardens

RSPB project enlisted thousands ofobservers in region to record sightings of birds and animals in their own gardens

Dusk at Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse in South Shields celebrates 25 years of being open to public

Souter Lighthouse, in South Shields, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1990

Embleton Bay, Northumberland

National Trust Neptune coast campaign marks 50th anniversary

The National Trust Neptune scheme is celebrating a landmark birthday after being set up to save North East shoreline stretches

Prime Minister David Cameron

George Hepburn: Isn't it time we tackled the life and death test of our civilisation?

Journal columnist George Hepburn says that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to get on to a war foorting to show it

Dale Stevens, right, placing one of the pots on the bridge at Cragside

Gardeners turn back the clock at Cragside's Ivy Bridge

The National Trust has been replanting a picturesque bridge at Cragside to restore its original look

Red Phillip is released into the wild

'Mills and Boon' red kite is released back into wild after traffic accident

A red kite with a colourful life has been nursed back to health after being hit by a vehicle

An oil field

Climate change raises pressure for divestment from fossil fuels

Pressure is growing for energy firms to pull back from getting fossil fuels out of the ground - but energy needs remain

Dunston Staithes

Paul Brannen: When it comes to wood, we should

North East Labour Euro MP Paul Brannen on why turning to wood as a building material could benefit our region

Ryan Taylor

Northumberland teenager wins scholarship to help studies to become a gamekeeper

Ryan Taylor from Northumberland is hoping to follow a family tradition by working as a gamekeeper

Nature reclaims an old industrial site at Blaydon Burn in Gateshead

Wilderness and its appeal explored at Newcastle University conference

Delegates arrive on Tyneside from across the world for wild event which has lured experts in landscape and the wilderness

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage


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