Chinese Delegation Flies In !

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 admin 0

A group of senior officials from Shanghai, China are in  the UK  this week  to sign a joint Wetland Affiliation Agreement between the RSPB at Wallasea Island and the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve. As the District Council website explains: The RSPB’s Wallasea Island team has been assisting with […]

Connecting With Nature

Monday, January 11, 2016 admin 0

Last week we mentioned the District Council’s Winter in Rochford photography competition. Which brings us nicely to an article in the New Statesman by Helen MacDonald about the Ladybird Book “What To Look For In Winter”, , first published in 1959: “I also remembered all these pictures: 24 watercolours of […]

What Are Passivhauses ?

Saturday, November 28, 2015 admin 5

This week’s “Yellow List” of planning applications can be downloaded here. These are applications that probably don’t need to go the Development Committee. Officers have prepared a report on each one, with a recommendation. If no councillor calls it by Wednesday lunchtime, the recommendation comes into effect. Two of the […]

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Which Parties Care about Our Bees?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 admin 1

The decline in the numbers of bees is worrying, not only for the environment and wild plants, but for agriculture. The buglife website has carried out a ‘bee’s eyes view’ of the various parties manifestos. They begin by saying: Bee decline is the number one environmental concern of the UK […]

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Free Compost Giveaway !

Friday, May 1, 2015 admin 0

From the District Council website: Compost Awareness Week takes place from 3-9 May, and to mark this Rochford District Council are offering free compost to all residents. To get your free compost just come along to Pooles Lane Car Park, Hullbridge at 10am on Wednesday 6 May with your own […]

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Airport Solar Farm Application Recommended For Refusal

Monday, December 15, 2014 admin 1

The application for a solar ‘farm’ at Southend Airport is being recommended by officers for refusal. Reasons: in the flood risk zone reduces the amount of land available for things like aircraft hangerage more information us needed on the effect on wildlife.

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Solar Farms and Other Enviromental Applications

Monday, December 1, 2014 admin 2

As the Echo has reported here, there’s an application in for a big solar “farm” in Canewdon A MONSTER solar farm generating enough energy to power 4,125 homes could be built in Canewdon. Under plans submitted to Rochford Council, farmers Paul and Mark Woodford would lease the 50-acre stretch of […]

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Wallasea Wander

Friday, April 4, 2014 admin 0

  From the RSPB website, a morning you might enjoy: Wallasea Wander Saturday 12 April 9:45am to 12pm Price: Free, donations welcome. Booking essential Join our monthly walks to spot some of the amazing wildlife that makes Wallasea Island its home. Find out more about the development of this exciting […]

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Green Tea

Saturday, March 8, 2014 admin 1

From the District Council website: A Rochford District business is the latest lucky recipient of an EU funded grant to help them become greener as part of the Low Carbon Business programme. Squires coffee shop in Rayleigh is the latest District based business to benefit from a cash grant which […]

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The LED Alternative

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 admin 1

Southend and Glasgow are two of the councils investing in modern LED lighting – instead of turning lights off. The Echo reports about Southend: New street lights will improve safety and save money NEW multi-million pound low energy street lights in Southend will improve safety as well save taxpayers cash, […]

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You Can Help Buy And Protect Some Woodland In Thundersley…..

Monday, October 21, 2013 admin 0

From the website of the Essex Wildlife Trust: Urgent – Help us save Cottage Plantation: a fantastic woodland site. We have just 12 weeks to raise 44,000 towards the purchase of Cottage Plantation – a fantastic woodland site in Daws Heath. Cottage Plantation is in a complex of ancient woodlands […]