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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

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Hull City Council launches blitz on fly-tipping

Hull City Council is launching a blitz on fly-tipping. It has received more than 4,500 reports of illegal dumping in the past year, with almost 1,200 enforcement orders being handed out.

Bid to tackle rubbish problem

The growing problem has been blamed on funding cuts but now the council is to spend £30,000 on four temporary cleaning crews, set on to rid the city of the rubbish, and another £30,000 could also be spent on an awareness campaign.

The action, revealed in a report to appear before cabinet members setting out the council's plan to tackle the fly-tipping problem in Hull, comes as councillors look to "significantly improve" cleanliness across the city.

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Theme park aims to plant 2000 new trees

Flamingo Land is holding its annual tree-planting weekend. The theme park is aiming to plant 2000 more native trees in its grounds. This will take the total number of trees planted there to 10,000.

Forests and woodlands are being destroyed across the world, with a land area the size of Belgium lost each year. We are enormously proud of this milestone that will leave a legacy for future generations.

– Dr. Andrew R. Marshall
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Sirius Minerals publishes plans for North Yorkshire potash mine

Sirius Minerals has issued its 'blueprint' for the York Potash project. It defines the logistics of costs and timings. With a £2.4 billion investment, over 1,000 long term jobs will be created and a further 1,500 jobs will be available indirectly.

Sirius issues plans for North Yorkshire potash mine

The company will sink a mile-deep mine shaft in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, near Whitby. The mining firm wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash (a type of fertiliser) from beneath the moors and seabed.

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