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'Grey to Green' project aims to transform Sheffield

Geoff Poyzer of NM Construction, Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cllr Leigh Bramall and Simon Ogden of Sheffield City Council

The first phase of a project to help regenerate the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield is about to get underway.

The scheme aims to enhance the environment and reduce the barriers between the Riverside Business District and Castlegate with the rest of the city centre and on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays.

The 'Grey to Green' project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space, creating new public space with meadows, a sustainable drainage system and rain gardens. There will also be walking and cycling routes.

New lease of life for Tropical World

Tropical World in Leeds has reopened after a one point five million pound refurbishment.

The attraction at Roundhay Park has been made more environmentally friendly and features a new aquarium and reptile enclosure. It has been created in the style of a South American tropical rainforest. The improvements have been partly funded by the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Charitable Foundation, set up by the family which helped pay for the original development.

Leeds City councillor Mark Dobson says the investment has given the attraction a new lease of life.

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Conservation volunteers begin planting of 7,000 trees

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) from across the Yorkshire area joined with the White Rose Forest and Woodlands Trust to carry out conservation work around the Butterely Reservoir, near Mansfield.

Conservation volunteers begin planting of 7,000 trees

Water levels are at a low after 300 years of use and Yorkshire Water plan restoration work to begin next year, but the groups came together this weekend to begin planting 7,000 trees.

The planting tomorrow is part of a 7000 tree project at Butterley Reservoir owned by Yorkshire Water. The project has been put together by Yorkshire Water, White Rose Forest and The Woodland Trust. Forest of Bradford ( a partner of White Rose Forest ) is working with AMYA to plant 2000 trees on Saturday 21st March.

– Ian Butterfield
Conservation volunteers begin planting of 7,000 trees

The Butterley reservoir holds a significant role in the area, so we are bringing people from various areas and different faiths or those of no faith to collaborate, celebrate what we have and contribute together to enhance the environment in which we live.

– Kamal Aftab Regional Youth Leader for AMYA Yorkshire

Kamal Aftab Regional Youth Leader for AMYA Yorkshire says:

"The Butterly reservoir holds a significant role in the area, so we are bringing people from various areas and different faiths or those of no faith to collaborate, celebrate what we have and contribute together to enhance the environment in which we live."

Over 6 years AMYA has planted over 125,000 trees across the country to date. For further information on the work AMYA are doing or how to get involved in projects please visit www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk

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Schoolchildren watch through special eclipse viewers

Cloud cover did not stop children from Greenside Primary School in Pudsey from trying to watch this morning's partial eclipse.

The pupils, who had made special viewers to see the event did manage to capture a glimpse between breaks in the cloud. They will be considerably older next time there is a comparable solar eclipse in this country, which is due in 2026, and it will be 2090, until Britain sees another total eclipse.

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