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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Golden Spindles fungus

Wildlife with Ian Rotherham: Trust comes up trumps

We were out searching for rare ‘waxcap’ fungi as ‘indicators’ of special grasslands – old and biodiverse pastures and, excitingly, ancient ‘wood pastures’; so we found ourselves at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.


Doncaster school pupils and motor firm team up for tree planting

Youngsters planted dozens of new trees at their school as part of a project to protect the environment.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation are backing a major conservation programme to save endangered polar bears

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation back campaign to save endangered polar bears

The fight to save endangered polar bears has been given a huge boost by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation backing a major conservation programme.

A Harlequin ladybird.

HARLEQUIN INVASION: Smelly STD-riddled ladybirds from Asia are COMING

Stinky, STD-plagued ladybirds from Asia could be flying to your house right now, experts have warned.

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Mucking in for a good cause at Sheffield farm

Mucking in for a good cause at Sheffield farm

It was all hands on deck for the National Lottery operator Camelot’s Retail Sales Team, who got down and dirty to scrub, brush and give a much-needed lick of paint to the stable block at Heeley City Farm, outside Sheffield.

Search for hedgehog heroes

Answer campaign call and help save Sheffield’s hedgehogs

Our most prickly friends are under threat, and a South Yorkshire wildlife charity needs your help to save hedgehogs.

Rubbish piles up just off Flowitt Street, Hexthorpe. Picture: NDFP Rubbish MC 4

CAMPAIGN: Calling all grimefighters help us tackle Doncaster’s grot spots

It is an escalating problem, and one that your Free Press is determined to tackle - rubbish!

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Environment may increase Alzheimer’s risk

Environmental factors such as air pollution and a lack of vitamin D may raise the risk of developing dementia but more research is required, according to experts.
Small Tortoiseshell is among butterfly varieties gardeners are being asked to keep an eye out for after numbers appeared to have plummeted this summer

UK butterfly populations plummet

Britain's butterflies are declining in record numbers with many having their worst summer on record.

8 things we’re looking forward to about Autumn

​ There's a definite nip in the air, the heavy coats are coming out, and staying at home suddenly seems like a more attractive option than a night on the tiles.


FRACKING: Notts shale licence ‘would mean granting illegal acts’

Notts campaigners are hoping a late entry of evidence may save Misson villagers from coming shale gas development.

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The site in Misson Springs, Misson

BREAKING: Decision on fracking testing plans in Doncaster village deferred after legal challenge from Friends of the Earth

A decision over plans requesting permission for fracking test drilling in a village near Doncaster has been deferred after a late legal challenge on the site from Friends of the Earth.
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VIDEO: IGas faces questions of Notts shale site

UPDATE: Nottinghamshire County Council's debate over the first fracking exploration plan in the county continues with questions for the firm who hope to begin drilling.

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