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Farming chiefs to meet Government for dairy crisis talks

Farmers blocked the Tesco distribution centre at Avonmouth on Sunday night. Credit: Farmer for Action

Farming industry leaders will meet with Government ministers today in a bid to thrash out a deal amid the ongoing dairy crisis.

A number of protests have been staged recently by farmers who say milk is being sold in supermarkets for less than it costs to produce.

Supermarkets Asda, Aldi and Morrisons have already agreed to pay farmers more for milk.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss will host a summit with the presidents of four farming unions in central London to discuss further measures to help the industry.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph at the weekend, Ms Truss said: "We need to make sure that our producers are able to meet the challenges they face so that they can capitalise on the growing interest in food provenance, standards and safety to capture more of the market at home and abroad."


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Bakewell show expected to attract 60,000 visitors

The 185th Bakewell Show opened today in the heart of the Peak District. Our reporter, Martin Fisher, was there to soak up the sights and sounds, as well as taking a look at some of the issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Now as far as agricultural shows go, our region boasts some of the finest - the Lincolnshire Show in June..The Great Yorkshire Show in July

There's the biggest one-day show in the country at Driffield, and today in the heart of the Peak District it's the opening day of the 185th Bakewell Show. There for us , sampling all its bucolic delights is Martin Fisher

Rare wild rose found in grounds of Tutbury Castle

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century, curators at the site have said.

The discovery at Tutbury Castle, once the place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots, was made on the banks of a moat during a flora survey.

It is hoped the pale pink rose - only the second of its type found in Staffordshire since 1878 - may now be named after the partially-ruined castle, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

The hybrid of dog rose and sweet briar has leaves which smell of apples.

"The rose provides a beautiful and unexpected link with our ancestors".

"It is funny to think how many people have walked past it over hundreds of years and not known it was there."

– Castle curator Lesley Smith

New archaeological treasures at Rufford Abbey

Nottinghamshire community archaeologists are investigating whether there may be the remains of another medieval mill at Rufford Abbey - built by the monks there in the past to serve their estate.

The archaeologists are exploring the area around an apparently ornamental ruin Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The archaeologists are exploring the area around an apparently ornamental ruin at the end of the Orangery garden.

Councillor John Knight at Nottinghamshire County Council says Rufford Abbey has a "fascinating history" and that "the purpose of these small-scale excavations is to assess the condition of the buried remains so that we can get an understanding of how much more we might still be able to learn from the archaeology here."

"A thousand years of history and stories lie beneath the country park; from monastic worship and industry, to one of the most intriguing grand houses in the county."


Peregrine Falcon shot dead in Staffordshire

An adult Peregrine Falcon Credit: Sebastian Willnow/DPA/Press Association Images

A Peregrine Falcon has been killed in North Staffordshire.

The bird was found dead on May 7 and police are appealing for information about what happened.

"Peregrine Falcons are a rare species which means the birds, their nests, and eggs, are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

"It is a criminal offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure or take a Peregrine, or to disturb it whilst nesting.?

"Officers are working closely with colleagues at the RSPB and inquiries into this incident are ongoing."?

– Sergeant Mark Joynson, from Staffordshire Police
A Peregrine Falcon Credit: Sebastian Willnow/DPA/Press Association Images

"Peregrines are magnificent birds and to shoot one is not only cruel, but needless and selfish.

"It has taken decades for the Peregrine population to recover from the devastating effects of pesticide contamination in the latter half of the last century, and yet we still find them targeted year on year by people who hold a grudge against them.

"The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible." ?

– RSPB Intelligence Officer Helen Mason

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 200 of May 9.

Fly-tipping - the scourge of of our countryside

In the latest instalment in our series on litter in the Midlands, Rajiv Popat explores the problem of fly-tipping.

Every year, tens of thousands of cars, bath tubs, children's toys and even kitchen sinks are dumped across our countryside. But despite the scale of the fly-tipping, there have only been 150 prosecutions.

In a special report, Rajiv Popat looks at the modern day scourge that blights our landscape and affects the lives of residents, businesses and farmers.

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