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Farmers Concerned Over EU regulations

Pesticide bans from Europe are threatening farmers livelihoods across our region and thousands of jobs.

A report out today, backed by the National Farmers Union, says around 20 per cent of pesticides have been lost because of bans and restrictions imposed by Brussels over the last five years and fear that things are set to get a whole lot worse. Helen Steel reports.

Farmers' concern over new EU regulations

Farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have expressed concerns that new EU rules could put some people out of business.

Farmers' concern over new EU regulations

A regulation has come into force today cutting the amount of pesticides which can be used on crops.

The National Farmers Union has described the move as a 'scary' prospect which could see prices going up or suppliers being forced out of business.


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Cleveland Way footpath re-opens after landslip

The section of cliff on the Cleveland Way suffered a landslip Credit: National Park Authority

A section of pathway along the Cleveland Way near Whitby has been reopened after the cliffside suffered a landslip. The National Park Authority was forced to cordon off a section of the popular walking route following the slide this week. The section is now open again to walkers after a local landowner allowed the Authority to re-divert a short section of the walkway through a nearby field.

A groundsman erects a fence to re-direct walkers around the landslip on the Cleveland Way Credit: National Park Authority

Apple-growers invite visitors to sample bumper crop

Beningborough Hall in North Yorkshire is celebrating a bumper harvest of apples with a fortnight of fruit-inspired activities for visitors.

The award-winning National Trust property grows dozens of varieties of apples within its walled gardens.

It is inviting people to come and marvel at this year's crop, as well as enjoy some talks and apple-sampling.

Garderner, Mark Pethullis, says it is an opportunity to see some of the apple varieties they are working hard to preserve:


Doncaster gardening firm scoops flower show gold

A Doncaster gardening firm has scooped the top prize at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show.

The Serenity Garden Credit: Paul Watson

PRW Garden Services, which is based in Bessacarr, picked up the gold award at the three-day event, which was visited by thousands of people over the weekend.

The Serenity Garden was developed around a woodland theme, which gardener Paul Watson says proved popular:

Man bailed in sheep attack investigation

Police investigating an attack on sheep at a farm in Stainton, Doncaster, have bailed a 20-year-old man.

Officers found bite injuries on two sheep belonging to a 57-year-old man at a farm on Limekiln Lane. It is believed they were caused by another animal.

One of the sheep had to be put down because of its injuries.

Police believe this is the second time the farmer's sheep have been targeted.

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