Pet shop owner fined over waste disposal shambles

A pet shop owner has been slapped with a fine after disposing of his business waste in a town hall’s bins.

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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.

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.

Collingham has a history of flooding.

Environment agency starts work to protect Collingham from future flooding

Work has started to protect flood defences along the River Wharfe in Collingham, in a bid to stop a repeat of the devastating Christmas floods last year.

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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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.

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.

Repair work at Tadcaster bridge is due to be completed before the end of the year.

Months of flood resilience work explained in Tadcaster

A package of measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of the severe flooding that split a North Yorkshire community in half are to be explained to the public at an event this weekend.


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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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.

Gardening team celebrate

Gardening team celebrate

Harrogate Borough Council gardeners are celebrating their recent success in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards after picking up a Gold award in the Public, Private and Charitable Establishments category for Knaresborough House and a Gold in the Visitor Attraction category for Knaresborough Castle.

Parents have previously raised concern about speeding issues on Hallfield Lane where St James C of E Primary School sits.

New speed controls in Wetherby now up and running

New speed indicator devices (SIDs) in Wetherby have been welcomed by the town's ward councillors after a number of residents raised issues with road safety in the area.

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Tadcaster Bridge (s)

Relief for Tadcaster as Sam Smith's Brewery withdraws bridge objection

Work will progress as planned on Tadcaster bridge after an objection against the plans from Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery was withdrawn.

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