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Sam Jenkins (37) with his son George Jenkins (3) and daughter Eva Jenkins (6) from Milton.

Picture: Sarah Standing (150753-6322)

Waking up to nature video

The days are growing longer, flowers are blooming and birds are singing their morning chorus.

More room for green waste in truck’s drum

NEW technology is helping to boost recycling rates.

Bathroom plastics can now be recycled

MORE items than ever before are being recycled by a local authority.

BUSY The packed meeting in Wickham last night about the resurfacing of the Meon Valley railway line

Meon Valley trail revamp sparks a heated public meeting

MORE than 150 people packed into a community hall for a heated debate over the controversial resurfacing of a disused railway line.

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UNHAPPY Ray Cobbett, who thinks the paper recycling bins should not be removed in Havant

Havant Borough Council under fire for removing paper banks

A COUNCIL’S decision to remove paper recycling banks from a town have prompted an angry response from green campaigners.


PLANS Kate Winslet

Oscar winner Kate Winslet’s planning woes

HOLLYWOOD actress Kate Winslet faces a battle to build a sea wall at her seaside home.

Horse owners ordered to remove animal from park

THE owners of a horse have been told to remove it from a park.

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SURFACE ISSUES From left, Richard Stone and Imogen Hill from Swanmore and Cllr Sean Woodward at the original site of the West Meon railway station

Thousands ask Hampshire County Council to stop trail upgrade video

THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition calling on work to ‘upgrade’ a popular country walk to stop.


The litter pick team in action

Volunteers give up their time to do a spring clean

SCORES of generous people spent a day sprucing up their villages for spring.

LAUNCH MEETING Portsmouth Lord Mayor Steven Wylie with the Portsmouth in Bloom team, from left,  Donna Carter, Sue Portman, Jane Munro, Nina Moscrip and Nik Thompson

Portsmouth in Bloom is launched video

A COMMUNITY garden was packed with families helping to launch this year’s Portsmouth in Bloom competition.


The sea fog spreading over Portsmouth

Sea fog blankets the south coast

THE skyline was covered in a thick blanket of sea fog yesterday.

LOOKING GOOD Madelyn Tallons, winner of biggest bonnet, with Carla  and Donna-Rose Tallons, winners of cutest bonnet at Tracey Powells event in Leigh Park

Group has plans to ‘pretty up’ Leigh Park shopping precinct

THE owner of a new business has set up a community group to inspire pride in the precinct.

Volunteers needed to monitor endangered water voles lives

ONCE a familiar sight along our waterways, water voles have rapidly disappeared from much of the landscape.

BUSY Recycling operative Nathan Brien at the Havant centre soon after it reopened in 2013

Anger after opening hours of recycling centres are reduced

A MONEY-saving decision to reduce the opening times of recycling centres has come under fire.


Round the harbour clean up day

NEIGHBOURHOODS are being asked to come together to take part in a round-the-harbour clean up day.

Famous birds make a return

FOR the 15th year, peregrine falcons have returned to start a family at a cathedral.

Oil discovery sparks anger

ANY oil company that comes searching for ‘black gold’ will face huge opposition, say campaigners.


THE FUTURES ORANGE Children at Langstone Junior School, which won the gold award in the School Environmental Project category last year

City prepares for Portsmouth in Bloom

IT’S time to tidy your lawn, spruce up your flowerbeds and make sure your garden is looking great.

Pupils from Wicor Primary School in Portchester campaigning against development of nearby field

Pupils lead battle against plan to build 135 homes in Portchester

HANDS off our field – that’s the rallying cry from schoolchildren, teachers and residents as they come together to fight a housing developer.


Steve Guthrie's picture of the smog, with Gosport almost obscured from view

Gosport disappears from view in smog

WITH a dusty smog hanging in the air over the Portsmouth area, our readers captured these pictures of Gosport almost disappearing from view.


One-stop recycling bin for glass collections

PEOPLE will no longer have to separate coloured glass when they drop bottles and jars at recycling banks.

Rocks could hold huge reserves of ‘black gold’

EVIDENCE that a rock basin holds commercially-viable oil has been boosted by a major discovery.

CAMPAIGN Posters in Julie Middletons window in Leigh Park

‘Bring back Staunton Country Park peacocks’ demands bird-lover

PLACARDS have been put up demanding the return of peacocks to a country park.


Major oil find in West Sussex

An exploration firm has announced the discovery of billions of barrels of oil reserves in West Sussex

Call for more money for national parks

SUPPORTERS marked the fifth anniversary of a national park by calling for improved access to the countryside.

Help change attitudes towards food waste

PEOPLE are being encouraged to help change attitudes towards food waste.


CAMPAIGN Posters in Julie Middletons window in Leigh Park

South east faces soaring air pollution levels

The south east faces soaring levels of air pollution on Friday, prompting heath warnings for vulnerable people.


Housing numbers for South Downs

THE number of homes which need to be built in a national park to meet housing needs has been revealed.


Campaigner takes global issue to parliament

WORLD Vision ambassador Sue Tinney has lobbied the government about the need to take action against poverty and climate change.

CAMPAIGN Posters in Julie Middletons window in Leigh Park

New concern over Staunton Country Park animals

MORE concerns have been raised about a popular country park that has lost its peacocks.


The Hayling Ferry

‘Schools have been left in the lurch by sudden Hayling ferry closure’

SCHOOLS have been ‘kept in the dark’ about the sudden closure of a ferry service which pupils relied on.


Free seeds at plant event

LEARN how to create the perfect meadow and take home some free seeds at a council event.

Easter egg recycling

RECYCLE your Easter egg packaging at a supermarket and help save the environment.

COLOURFUL Fareham in Bloom volunteers and council staff by the flowering daffodils

Blooms appear in Fareham

BULBS planted by volunteers, residents and a horticultural group have been blooming and brightening up an estate.

Windy conditions in Portsmouth in 2014. 
Picture: Chris Bond

Windy warnings issued for the south

WINDY weather warnings for the south of England have been issued by the Met Office.

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Inspiring expedition in land of fire and ice

ENTERPRISING youngsters have been fundraising to pay for an educational trekking trip to Iceland.

Hustings for environment

CANDIDATES for the Havant seat in the general election are taking part in hustings.

Purbrook spring clean

Residents give Purbrook a spring clean

THE streets and open spaces of a village have been given a spring clean.

On-the-spot fines of £75 for litter bugs

LITTER louts and irresponsible dog owners are set to be hit with £75 on-the-spot fines under a council’s new zero-tolerance campaign.


From left, Green and Clean support operative John Thompson, environment and recycling officer Becky Adams, cleaning operative Anthony Thomas, environmental enforcement officer Robbie Christie, Green and Clean support operative Patrick Reilly, and community warden Simon Newell

Council bids to clean up city’s act

Portsmouth City Council will combine several services to form a Clean City team on Monday, April 20.


Surfers aim to give the beach a spring clean

A CLEAN-UP is being held to tidy a beach.

Plant expert to give talk

A WELL-KNOWN specialist in clematis will address a horticultural society.

Politicians to be questioned

TESTING questions from environmentalists are expected at an election hustings.

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Jo Parker (right), and her neighbour Naomi [jeff has surname] with Jo's children (far left), Ben Benham (11),  Luke Benham (right), and (centre), his friend Ben Boyden (eight), with residents, protest.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150562-2)

Angry neighbours call for end of ‘garden grabbing’ video

MORE garden grabbing will ruin our community and lead to overcrowding.


Litteraction volunteers in Gosport collect rubbish, 

Picture: Paul Jacobs (150459-4)

Communities clear up litter in national day of action over rubbish

DOZENS of bags of rubbish have been taken off the streets thanks to the determined efforts of volunteers.


Cloud covers an eclipse of the sun from Plymouth in Devon

Solar eclipse: Britain in the twilight zone

Millions have turned out to witness Britain enter the twilight zone of a near-total solar eclipse, despite much of the country being covered by cloud.

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Energy secretary Ed Davey and Cllr. Gerald Vernon-Jackson in Old Portsmouth. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (150588-2636)

Energy minister Ed Davey praises Portsmouth for work on tackling climate change

PORTSMOUTH is leading the way in the bid to tackle the impact of climate change.


Smog over Portsmouth 

Picture: Shaun Roster Photography

Toxic smog cloud over Portsmouth

This worrying picture shows the toxic smog cloud hanging over Portsmouth.


DEMO Anti-fracking demonstrators in Havant yesterday

Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate in Havant video

FRACKING could contaminate clean drinking water that has served the Portsmouth area for hundreds of years.


Rubbish at Cockle Pond
Picture: Dave Fry

Rubbish floats in Gosport lakes just weeks after big clean-up

Just weeks after a council spent £100,000 on clearing out lakes, rubbish has been seen floating in them.



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