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Exciting Chesterfield Canal dig to go ahead

An archaeological dig to find a Cuckoo boat, unique to the Chesterfield Canal, is to take place in August.

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Heroes wanted for Great British Spring Clean

Heroes wanted for Great British Spring Clean

Calling all communities in North Lincolnshire – get involved in the biggest ever litter campaign, Great British Spring Clean (3 to 5 March 2017) and help clean up your community and country.

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Stockpiles of Sterefibre - a substance produced by Rotherham firm Sterecyle - which is being stockpiled at Hazel Lane Landfill Site, Hampole, Doncaster. Residents are unhappy at the smell and other environmental problems they claim is caused by the material.

Public inquiry into use of Doncaster quarry site to store ‘waste’

Owners of the ‘smelliest site in Doncaster’ have launched an appeal in a bid to keep a huge pile of waste in the borough.

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Council consults on £13.3m flood defence plans

North Lincolnshire Council is holding a consultation event tonight (Friday January 6) at Burringham Village Hall from 2pm to 6pm for residents to look at the £13.3m flood defence plans for the Trent villages project.

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Doncaster steel company set to close after 36 years

Doncaster steel company set to close after 36 years

A Doncaster steel company has ceased trading after more than 35 years with the loss of 30 jobs.

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Chris Lockyer of the Thin Green Line charity (right) and retired ranger Gordon Miller birdwatching at Alport Castles

Sheffield ranger takes up role protecting nature

“I was incredibly honoured to be offered the chance to play a greater part in supporting my brother and sister rangers around the world,” said National Trust ranger Chris Lockyer, who at 26, joins the new UK board of the charity, partly to add a younger person’s view of the current challenges facing conservation.

The Thin Green Line has been supported by the British Royal Family, film stars and many others since its inception in Australia in 2007, said founder Sean Willmore, who handed the new role to Chris Lockyer on a recent visit to the Peak District.

“I was talking to a Masai ranger in Kenya this morning,” said Sean Willmore. “We all live on one planet, and rangers like Chris know many of their colleagues have it tougher than them, so their hearts go out every time they hear of a ranger attacked or killed, or a widow left behind.”

The foundation provides financial support to widows and families of rangers, two or three of whom are reported killed in the line of duty every week, said Sean, often by poachers or illegal loggers in Africa and Asia.

Chris relayed the story of Ranger Muhammed Akram, shot and then beheaded while trying to protect the mountain forests of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.

“Ranger Akram came across some illegal loggers in the forest. They offered him many times his monthly salary to leave, but he refused to take their bribes, so he was killed for performing his job,” said Chris.

“I’m sure he had an awareness of the importance of what he was protecting. It’s a role that’s not just for us in the here and now but for future generations and the planet as a whole. It was an incredible selfless act, and I think people in those situations need and deserve our support.”

Potential buyers of furniture made from exotic hardwoods should think about Ranger Akram, Chris said. “You could almost say that buying these things contributes to these situations. There’s no need to buy wood from a forest on the other side of the world, there’s plenty of wood produced in this country.”

Chris hopes his new role for The Thin Green Line Foundation will help him raise the profile of rangers around the world. “It will be an opportunity to help people interested in conservation and wildlife to understand that you can’t protect exotic animals like elephants and tigers unless you’re supporting the people who are in the firing line actively doing that work.”

“People here can’t be on the front line with these rangers, but they can be their allies,” said Sean Willmore. “They can organise a morning coffee with their friends, or a film showing, or a sponsored walk and say: ‘these men and women are doing brave work protecting wildlife I care about, so I’m going to stand behind them and give them my support’.”

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MP Louise Haigh

Sheffield MP helps force U-turn over sex education

Sheffield MP Louise Haigh, along with other campaigners, is celebrating a major victory with a government U-turn over sex education policy.

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Heeley Big Boudler at Heeley People's Park. Picture: Andrew Roe

Warning: support Sheffield’s community parks and spaces or risk losing them

Link up with family and friends during the festive season and support places that allow for city gatherings but could be in danger of closing.

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The Environment Agency is cleaning up a 'large diesel spillage' upstream from Potteric Carr. Picture: The Environment Agency.

Probe into diesel spill at Doncaster nature reserve

An investigation is under way after a large diesel spillage was discovered near a nature reserve.

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The Environment Agency is cleaning up a 'large diesel spillage' upstream from Potteric Carr. Picture: The Environment Agency.

Work underway to tackle large diesel spillage at Doncaster nature reserve

A clean-up operation to deal with a 'major diesel spillage' near to a Doncaster nature reserve has got underway.

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Some Doncaster residents are set to face disruption to their waste and recycling collections next week, as staff working for Suez walk out on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Doncaster waste workers set to walk out on strike affecting bin collections

Some Doncaster residents are set to face disruption to their waste and recycling collections next week, as staff working for Suez walk out on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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The planned Tyram Lakes resort at Hatfield, Doncaster

£25 million green resort plan for Doncaster

A hotel and wooden lodges are set to form part of a major green tourist attraction planned in Doncaster which will create around 200 jobs.

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Sparrowhawk by Ray Sykes

Wild Side: Snippets of winter wildlife

Standing in the car park of our local gym one late afternoon, I had a wonderful view of an urban grey heron as it drifted over to drop down to the River Sheaf. In a more rural setting, Ray Sykes of Todwick noted a heron coming down to their garden pond. Attempts to fish were thwarted ‘due to protection around pond (as per RSPB recommendations!)’. This was a few weeks back and Ray also explained that, ‘We still have an active hedgehog despite the cold nights’. More recently, Ray emailed a super picture of a sparrowhawk posed in the garden – not bad at all! Can you beat that I wonder?

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Longshaw Christmas trees: National Trust Ranger Mark Bull with colleagues Charlotte Hudson (left) and Chelsea Modest with some smaller Christmas trees behind a damaged dry stone wall

National Trust volunteers branch out with Christmas trees

The Christmas tree sales at Longshaw have come a long way since the 1970s, when rangers would spend their December weekends selling surplus Scots Pines from a cold, leaking caravan.

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One of the rats caught by Yvonne Walker at her home on Lime Tree Avenue, Hyde Park, Doncaster

Doncaster tenant tells of problems with rats in her council house

A Doncaster resident says she is fed up of her home being overrun by rats - and claims the council have offered no help.

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Potteric Carr Visitor Centre

£650,000 state-of-the-art nature reserve to open tomorrow

This is the state-of-the-art visitor centre at a Doncaster tourist attraction which is set to open to the public for the first time tomorrow.

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New way of buying gas will save £40,000 in North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Council is about to enter into a collective agreement through the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation to secure a better deal on supply of gas to council buildings.

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Protesters make their point over fracking  test drilling in Misson

Green light for test drilling at potential fracking site near Doncaster

An energy firm has been given the go ahead for test drilling in a village near Doncaster ahead of possible fracking.

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Protesters at the site where 650 homes would be built in Edenthorpe

Protesters make case over greenfield plans for 650 homes

Protesters fighting plans to build 650 houses on greenfield land in Edenthorpe have turned out to make their case to planning officials.

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Protesters at the site where 650 homes would be built in Edenthorpe

‘We’re not giving up’ protestors fighting homes plan on greenfield land meet with officials

Protesters fighting plans to build 650 houses on greenfield land in Edenthorpe have turned out to make their case to planning officials.

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