Environment

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.

James Alder, painted by his artist friend John Gilroy

Ponteland wildlife artist James Alder has book published after 60 years

A book on shipyard kestrels by James Alder is finally finished after 60 years and many visits to a Tyneside shipyard

Wingates in Northumberland where a wind farm community fund has not been set up as agreed with wind farm developers.

As the tide turns on wind farms in Northumberland, we look at what is causing the wind of change

A growing number of wind farm proposals in Northumberland are being refused amid an apparent turning of the tide

A wind farm

Berwick wind turbine plan looks set to get the green light

Plans for two wind turbines at Berwick which have split opinion are being recommended for approval by Northumberland County Council

Wingates wind farm in Northumberland

Future of energy under debate by North East politicians

Representatives of the major parties discuss the future of the energy sector in the North East

Flowers which have been ripped out of the bed at Alnwick

Anger as vandals target Alnwick flower bed and rip plants up

Anger has been voiced in Alnwick after vandals targeted a flower bed described as a "focal point" of the town

Wild Northumbrian visitors yurt

Holidaymakers enjoy wild landscape in Northumberland

Wigwams and yurts put holidaymakers in touch with wild landscape in Northumberland

Defra office at Alnwick

Sir Alan Beith warns DEFRA not to embarrass itself and pull out of Alnwick base

Sir Alan Beith says the move by DEFRA would make a mockery of the department's rural affairs remit

L-R: Tony Gates Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, Lord de Mauley and Andrew Miller, Head of Programmes and Conservation

Environment Minister welcomes vision for the next 20 years of Northumberland

Northumberland National Park Authority have unveiled their plan for the next two decades

Winshield Crags in Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority objects to forest bid at Hadrian's Wall corridor

Northumberland National Park Authority has objected to plans for woodland near Hadrian's Wall

Beacon

Nature wardens to celebrate the life of St Cuthbert with twin beacons

Plans have been announced to mark St Cuthbert's Day by lighting beacons on both sides of the Scottish Border

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett: Voters are ready to back a radical alternative to inequality

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett set out what makes her party different, when she spoke to Journal Political Editor Jonathan Walker

Undated RSPB handout photo of an adult female hen harrier

Search for a resolution as hen harriers face extinction in North

The last time hen harriers nested successfully in the North Pennines was in 2006. In Northumberland, it was 2008

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

North East charity Wildlife Ark Trust in red squirrel vaccine row

Squirrel vaccine drive raising leads to clash over fund raising between rival charities trying to save the reds

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park

Businesses urged to cash in on Northumberland's dark skies

Astro-tourism is a rapidly expanding sector for local accommodation providers, many of whom have reported increasing numbers of visitors to the North East to enjoy stargazing breaks

A coal fired plant generating power

More aid plea from MPs for low carbon companies

An influential committee of MPs have said the Government must do more to support low carbon companies

Wallsend Horticulture and Parks Manager Jerry Dronsfield (left) and Carl McClean, Wallsend Parks Manager in Richard Dees PArk, Wallsend

North East parks are our 'Natural Health Service'

£60m has been invested in North East parks since 1994 to help bring them back into use by all

Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn Newcastle hotel in line for green award

The Jurys Inn Newcastle is the only city business to make the final of the Green Tourism Awards

Wind turbines in Northumberland

Company launched to help North East communities build their own wind turbines

The social business, Community Renewable Energy, CoRE, organised the installation of the turbine working along with Berwick Trust

Alan Jones, business development manager at Tadea

Tadea hosts RHI roadshow in North East

The event, which is being hosted by sustainable energy company Tadea along with Energise Events, is free to attend

The Luing Cattle Society will host its annual open day in England for the first ever time this year

Highland cattle help survival chances of rare butterfly

Luing cattle are helping Cumbria's endangered high brown fritallary butterflies to prosper.

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