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England's top 10 trees shortlisted for 'tree of the year'

A tree where Robin Hood hid and Isaac Newton’s apple tree are among candidates picked by the Woodland Trust for England’s first tree of the year, to be voted by the public

 

Published on The Guardian website on 27th October 2014

Story by Adam Vaughan

The Ankerwycke or Magna Carta yew near Runnymede, Windsor is one of the Woodland Trust’s top 10 trees in England and is thought to have witnessed signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Photograph: Oxford Scientific/Getty Images

The Ankerwycke or Magna Carta yew near Runnymede, Windsor is one of the Woodland Trust’s top 10 trees in England and is thought to have witnessed signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. Photograph: Oxford Scientific/Getty Images

A yew where Magna Carta is thought to have been signed, the apple tree that inspired Newton’s theory of gravity and an 800-year oak believed to have sheltered Robin Hood are among the candidates for England’s first ‘tree of the year’.

Experts at the Woodland Trust and other nature groups have drawn up a shortlist of 10 trees that is open to a public vote to declare a winner based on their cultural and ecological value – and perhaps simply which one is the most-loved.

On the list is the Kett’s Oak in Norfolk, where farmer Robert Kett’s men met over five hundred years ago to lead the Norfolk Rebellion of peasants against robber barons, which was quashed and saw him executed at Norwich castle.

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Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

Published on the BBC News website on 22nd October 2014

Turbines at Sea

Wind farms have attracted controversy in the UK

The UK’s wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.

Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites.

But for a 24-hour period yesterday, spinning blades produced more energy than splitting atoms.

Wind made up 14.2% of all generation and nuclear offered 13.2%.

It follows another milestone on Saturday, when wind generated a record amount of power – 6,372 MW, according to National Grid.

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Construction starts at one of the country's largest solar farms, in Hampshire

Solar Farm Array

Reporter Charlotte Neal

 

Published on the Hampshire Chronicle website on 21st October 2014
Story by Charlotte Neal, Reporter

 

CONSTRUCTION has started at a Hampshire solar farm that will provide enough power for the equivalent of 11,000 homes.

It is one of the largest of its kind in the country, and aims to set new environmental standards for ground-mounted solar by using schemes such as staff car sharing, solar-powered and biodiesel generators, and food waste recycling.

The Southwick Estate Solar Farm, near Fareham, is a joint project between the estate and Primrose Solar.

They say they are looking forward to creating the “greenest ever” solar farm.

Giles Clark, chief executive, said: “For the next 25 years, Primrose wants to be a good neighbour; supporting the local community and working alongside the Southwick Estate to demonstrate responsible stewardship of the land for the lifetime of the solar farm.

“We’ll also be working with local schools running outdoor learning sessions to help bring solar energy to life outside the classroom.”

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