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Crowds turn out for 'Big Bike Ride'

Warm weather made for a good turn out for the BIg Bike Ride Credit: ITV News West Country

Large crowds made the most of the sunshine in bristol to head to College Green for the City's BIg BIke Ride.

There were plenty of activities on offer on College Green Credit: ITV News West Country

The event coincided with the end of Bristol's Big Green Week, an event celebrating Bristol's achievement as Green Capital 2015.

Crowds made the most of the weather to head to the city centre Credit: ITV News West Country

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£7m to support new European Green Capital

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander has been in Bristol today to announce that the city will receive £7 million of additional funding to support it as European Green Capital.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander announced the £7million of green funding in a visit to Bristol today Credit: ITV News West Country

Mr Alexander says the funding will deliver a range of projects to help Bristol remain at the centre of green investment and urban sustainability.

Bristol to get £7m for green capital role

As well as its bridges Bristol is famous for its 'green' ethos.
As well as its bridges Bristol is famous for its 'green' ethos. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bristol is to get £7 million to help in its role as European Green Capital for 2015.

The money will go to projects including a schools programme to teach children about climate change. The city won the title on the strength of its commitment to the environment.

The grant will be announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, on a visit to the city today.

Bristol wins bid to become European Green Capital 2015

Bristol has won the race to become European Green Capital in 2015. The announcement was made at a ceremony this evening in Nantes in France, the current holder of the title.

The city has beaten Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana in Slovenia to the award.

This demonstrates Bristol’s ambition to be a pioneering green city and is recognition for the many years of hard work and dedication by the city council, businesses and the people of Bristol to make our city more environmentally friendly.

We will now be turning our attention to staging an inspiring programme of events in 2015 which will be centred around the idea of Bristol as a ‘Laboratory for Change’.

We are very aware that we have much more work to do to become a truly sustainable city but we look forward to sharing that journey with people from across Bristol and Europe.

– George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor
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