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Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:30

Village of the Year 2011 underway

We are grateful to Francoise and Nigel for having answered our plea for more judges. Wilfred and Jean Smith have stepped down after a decade of walking the Avonside streets; who knows, in a few years from now they may find it possible to view churchyards and playing fields without awarding marks out of ten.

The major Government announcement today (Thursday) will set the terms of debates over energy infrastructure for years to come. Responding to the proposed National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure [1] in particular, Paul Miner, Senior Planning Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, says:

You may be wondering what the results were of the star count survey we held earlier this year. Over 2,200 people took part – and unfortunately they found that light pollution in the United Kingdom is getting worse. ??We want to make our Star Count Week an annual event to bring thousands of people into the campaign against light pollution. And we’re working with the Government to reduce the spread of this intrusive night blight, alongside CPRE local groups campaigning for councils to introduce lighting policies.??Want to know what the light pollution in your area is like? We’ve mapped the survey results.

Festival of Nature 2011The Festival of Nature unleashes the city's wild side this summer when it returns to Bristol Harbourside on the weekend of 18-19 June.

The biggest event of its kind in the UK, this festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world – all free of charge.

Throughout the weekend there are loads of free and exciting activities – here’s just a taste of what's to come...

  • BBC 3D display – Bristol’s famous BBC Natural History Unit has a special display of their new 3D technology. See the next generation of wildlife films, and keep your eye out for some very special visitors!
  • Free IMAX screenings – "Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World" takes you on a thrilling 50 feet high, 3D journey back in time to explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by Sea Rex – the T Rex of the seas.
  • Contemporary Sustainable Living Show – Straight from Olympia, the first show of its kind in the South West. In partnership with UK Aware and Forum for the Future, the Sustainable Living Zone has 40 environmental businesses and technologies from across the South West. Get some inspiration for your home.
  • Wildlife Bee Garden – The Amphitheatre will become home to an extraordinary wildlife garden. Build bee nest boxes, plant seeds and buy plants.
  • Free Storytelling with popular performer Michael Loader – Traditional Tales and Spontaneous Stories festooned with an abundance of animals, plus plenty of playful audience involvement.
  • Bristol Zoo – Spot your first gorilla down on Millennium Square! Celebrating its 175th anniversary the Zoo tent has one of the large gorilla sculptures that will be on the streets of Bristol this summer. Find out what you can do to help save gorillas across the world, and get your first picture with a soon-to-be-famous Bristol icon
  • The Green Forum – Bristol's green grassroots community. For the 9th year, now supported by Bristol Water, find over 50 grassroots organisations across the festival site and in the Green Forum tent. Join a group, make a pledge, find a hobby.
  • Food market – Do your Saturday shop, and make a difference. The Festival's food market is a bustling and colourful place, with local produce and hot food from sustainable traders from across the South West.
  • At-Bristol Live Lab – Hook yourself up to a machine that shows your heart beat and muscle impulses, or look super-close-up on your skin, hair, eyes and ears with high magnification cameras.
  • Free puppet shows with the Woodenfingers Theatre Company.

Savita Custead, Director of the Bristol Natural History Consortium, who organise the Festival said: "Bristol is the wildlife capital of the UK and the Festival of Nature a much loved date in its summer diary.

"This year it's bigger and better than ever – with loads of free hands-on fun for kids of all ages. You can even pick the brains of our friendly wildlife experts and spot some natural celebrities."

More information is available on the Festival of Nature website at www.festivalofnature.org or by calling the Festival team on 0117 930 4926

Download the Festival of Nature press release, April 2011 »

Download the Festival of Nature poster »

The Campaign to Protect Rural England today labels the Budget, ‘a massive threat to the environment’.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England today labels the Budget, ‘a massive threat to the environment’.

An alliance of over 60 organisations and individuals have signed an open letter to the UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Assembly urging them all to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to the European Landscape Convention. The letter, dated 10th January 2011, calls for a clear indication from the governments that:

New recommended membership rates have been agreed for 2011. These reflect an increase in line with inflation and are the first increase since 2009 as there was no increase last year. However the rate for Parish Council membership is not being increased.

Rural Campaigners have highlighted new Government figures in which the projected growth in new household numbers has been revised down from previous releases. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claim the fall reinforces the need for a 'plan, monitor, manage' approach to planning for housing.

Thursday, 18 November 2010 17:31

Britain needs a greener CAP

The Campaign to Protect Rural England questions if new plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) set out today (Thursday) are bold enough.

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