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Raised road to Muchelney opens tomorrow

The road to Muchelney disappeared during last year's floods Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are being made for the official opening of the newly raised road into Muchelney.

The road became an iconic image of the flooding on the Somerset Levels last winter - and the village of Muchelney was cut off.

The road is one of several projects to prevent future flooding on the Somerset Levels - including dredging eight kilometres of the rivers Parrett and Tone.


Solar panels to be installed at Art Deco hotel

There had been considerable opposition to the plans for solar panel in the grounds of Burgh Island Hotel Credit: ITV News

Controversial plans for 200 solar panels to be placed in the grounds of the Burgh Island Hotel have been approved.

The famous Devon hotel - loved by crime writer Agatha Christie - had to overcome considerable local opposition to gain planning permission.

Hotel bosses say the energy generated will be used to run the 85-year-old building.

Cornwall's real Secret Garden celebrates 25 years since it was re-discovered

The abandoned gardens near Mevagissey were rediscovered 25 years ago today

One of West Country's best loved gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its re-discovery.

The gardens had slowly slipped into decline after the estate's gardeners had left to fight in the First World War and became overgrown with brambles and ivy.

They were re-discovered in 1990.

Paterson defends 'welly-gate'

In his first interview since being sacked as Environment Secretary, our reporter asked Mr Paterson 'Why didn't you put your wellies on?'

There was such a crowd around the Landrover it was not practically possible to put either of my two pairs of wellies on. So that was a real bit of a nonsense story.

– Owen Paterson


"Of course I feel angry" Former Environment Secretary hits back at claims he was against Somerset dredging

The government minister in charge of the response to last winter's flooding crisis says it's nonsense to accuse him of not wanting to dredge two rivers on the Somerset Levels.

Owen Paterson has told ITV News he always supported the idea as part of a wider plan - but admits he should have explained things better.

Annual Valentine’s Flower count underway

The annual Valentine's Flower count is taking place across Devon and Cornwall.

National Trust gardeners will spend the next two days counting different species and varieties of bloom.

The tradition started in 2006. It will give an indication on what weather we can expect this spring.

The annual flower count is underway

VIDEO: giant chimney swings in the wind

People living near a giant incinerator at St Dennis in Cornwall, looked on in horror last night as one of the newly built chimneys started swaying in the wind.

This video, taken by one of the residents, shows the hundred metre stack getting loose.

The company says that the swaying is not a cause for concern but it has attached some temporary bracing.

A permanent platform will be installed when the final sections are in place.

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