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Lottery winners dig deep for Wentworth Castle

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Probably not offer to weed and transform a vast expanse of garden. But that's exactly what National Lottery winners from Leeds, Sarah and Aldan Ibbertson, did.

They won £3m in 2002, and now they're helping to mark the 300th birthday of Capability Brown - while volunteering for a transformation project at Wentworth Castle. See Martin Fisher's report here:

Flood defences aimed at preventing future disaster

Five months to the day since the Boxing Day floods devastated large parts of Calderdale, new defences costing £10 million have been unveiled in a bid to prevent a repeat of the disaster.

The village of Mytholmroyd was one of those worst affected, when the River Calder burst its banks last year. Hundreds of homes and business were engulfed by up to six feet of water.

The Environment Agency says it hopes the new scheme will help prevent future flooding. But some say more needs to be done. Chris Kiddey has the details.


'Shadow Gate' sculpture is rejected

Shadow Gate sculpture Credit: Credit: Tonkin Liu and Arup architects

Councillors in Hull have rejected plans for a new sculpture to be placed next to the Beverley Gate ruins.

It was decided the 10m shell laced sculpture, dubbed 'Shadow Gate', was too large and in the wrong location.

We respect the decision of the Planning Committee who have listened to all of the views put forward, including concerns of its location, during the consultation period.

The commissioning of work from world-class artists is an integral part of our public realm programme and the long-term plans to make the city centre a distinctive, welcoming and fascinating place to visit.

We will continue to work with our other commissioned artists to represent the city’s history, character and architecture throughout the wider public realm programme. Given the need to ensure that the work in this area is completed on schedule, we are not proposing to bring forward any further proposals for this site.

– Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager


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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