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New marine sites consultation starts
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English and Welsh waters set to form part of Europe-wide conservation network
Local authority grants
for coastal change
By Pete Hayman The government has awarded
grants worth £11m to fifteen
Plans for the creation of 12 new local authorities who have come
marine conservation sites up with the best and most
located off the coast of England innovative ideas for dealing with
and Wales are the subject of a and adapting to coastal change.
formal consultation, which was The winning local authorities
launched on 27 November. come from all around the English
Forming part of the 'Natura
coast, amongst them being
2000' network of European South Hams District Council in
protected waters, a total of 10
Devon, Dorset County Council,
sites are being considered for
East Sussex County Council,
Special Areas of Conservation image Great Yarmouth Borough Council,
status, while the two others – Land's End and Cape Bank waters form one of the proposed sites Lincolnshire County Council,
Outer Thames and Liverpool East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
Bay – are in line to be designat- Eddystone and Lizard Point; the consultation to gather views Sefton Metropolitan Borough
ed as Special Protection Areas. Lands End and Cape Bank; on the scientific reasons for the Council in Merseyside and
The 10 proposed areas are: Shell Flat and Lune Deep and proposed sites, as well as the Somerset County Council.
Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North-West Rockall Bank are impact on marine industries.
North Ridge; Haisborough, also earmarked as potential Marcus Yeo, managing
National Forest
Hammond and Winterton; Special Areas of Conservation. director for JNCC said: "This
hits the trail
Margate and Long Sands; Natural England, the Joint will help these sites to be The National Forest Company
Bassurelle Sandbank; Poole Bay Nature Conservation Commit- recognised as ones that fully has unveiled plans to create a
and Lyme Bay and Prawle Point tee (JNCC) and the Countryside deserve their high profile and new long distance trail across
to Plymouth Sound. Council for Wales are leading consequent protection." the park. The announcement
follows research which indicated
that the development of the trail
2012 Olympic Park garden designs announced
– running from Charnwood in
Leicestershire to Needwood in
By Pete Hayman Staffordshire – could bring as
many as 25,000 new visitors into
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell the Forest, plus around £650,000
has announced the winners of a of new income. The design of the
public vote to help draw up route and the potential cost of
designs for a new 0.25-acre putting it in place is expected to
(0.1-hectare) garden, which will be known by the end of 2010.
be created on the site of the
London 2012 Olympic Park.
Council to pursue
A competition run in
Skegness park scheme
partnership between the Royal
East Lindsey District Council
Horticultural Society (RHS) and image is set to explore alternative
the Olympic Delivery Authority Read (left) and Clegg (right) with their proposals for the garden funding options for the
invited people across the UK to regeneration of a disused
submit ideas for a garden to Competition and will form one and they will be designing a building in the centre of a
illustrate the qualities of a of the largest urban parks garden that will be enjoyed by Skegness park after failing to
domestic British garden. created in Europe for 150 years. spectators and athletes during receive government support.
Hannah Clegg and Rachel Former Olympic triple jump the Games and people using The council was unsuccessful in
Read were selected from the champion Jonathan Edwards the park for generations." its bid to secure funding
young people's and adult said: "London 2012 is a once in Jowell added: "Our green through the Sea Change
categories respectively to work a lifetime opportunity for the fingers are known the world initiative, which would have
with professional designers on country and it’s great to have over and this garden is a contributed towards a £1m
the new Olympic Park garden, Hannah and Rachel on board. celebration of that talent that project to transform the Inn on
which follows the RHS Olympic "The parklands will be the will live on long after the the Park in Tower Gardens into a
Park Great British Garden centrepiece of the Olympic Park Games are over." new community venue.
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