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Project to save local wildflowers from extinction

Credit: University of Leicester

A new project at the University of Leicester hopes to save rare and threatened local wildflowers from across Leicestershire and Rutland from extinction. The university has built a deep freeze container, named 'Genebank55,' to store and protect rare wildflower seeds in case of a requirement for repopulation.

Changes in agricultural methods and how the land has been used have endangered some species of wildflower. Some of the species have a scant few individual populations remaining. The University are hoping that Genebank55 will be up and running by 2017.

Protestors wait for council decision on shale gas drilling

Frack Free Nottinghamshire are protesting outside County Hall. Credit: ITV News Central

Protesters have gathered outside County Hall this morning ahead of a decision on exploratory drilling in Nottinghamshire today.

The project in Misson Springs in Nottinghamshire could get the go ahead when the County Council Planning and Licensing Committee meet.

If approved, the firm IGas would be allowed to drill for shale gas close to the village in Bassetlaw.

Hydraulic fracturing, or the controversial practice of fracking is not part of the proposal but, if shale gas is found, it could take place in the future.

Fracking could take place in the future if shale gas is found. Credit: ITV News Central


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