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If you want to find out more about the issues that affect our environment, this is where they’ll be. Whether it’s details of the latest asphalt plant, bio-mass plant or wind turbine application, we lay out the facts and let you share your opinion.

Beware what lies beneath TTIP warns IW Green party


The Isle of Wight Green party say the introduction of TTIP could remove protection that Islanders currently take for granted, like a universal public health system, clean drinking water or basic food standards.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 11:08am

By Daniel James with 16 readers' comments

Specially grafted apple trees planted on site of former Victorian orchard

Specially grafted apple trees returns to banks of the Lukely

Cuttings from four different types of apples were grafted together to create the seven trees that have been planted on the site of a former Victorian orchard.

Friday, 12th June, 2015 12:09pm

By Sally Perry

Navitus Bay: 5,000 jobs would be lost say Bournemouth council

From the Needles:

Bournemouth council claim 5,000 jobs would be lost in Dorset if the Navitus Bay wind farm project goes ahead.

Friday, 22nd May, 2015 10:23am

By Sally Perry with 31 readers' comments

New Vestas production company named preferred bidder for Navitus Bay wind farm

MHI Vestas production area

Good news for blade manufacturing on the Isle of Wight as MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is named as preferred bidder for the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 10:10am

By IW Council Press Office with 37 readers' comments

Budding gardeners learn importance of food production at Eco Club

Ryde Academy eco club Megan Irwin

Food production is an important aspect of learning at the Ryde Academy Eco Club and something that will put these pupils in good stead in the future.

Friday, 8th May, 2015 12:41pm

By Sally Perry

Is the council’s verge cutting programme still protecting wildlife habitats?

Wildflower verge:

This OnTheWight reader got in touch, surprised to see verges between Chillerton and Newport cut back throughout the entire length, before wildflowers have had a chance to flower and seed. We asked the council about their verge-cutting programme.

Thursday, 7th May, 2015 9:58am

By Sally Perry with 62 readers' comments

Green candidate, Vix Lowthion, launches her ‘Personal Manifesto’ (videos)

Vix Lowthion - green scarf

The IW Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion, launches her Personal Manifesto for the Isle of Wight. Watch the videos or read the text.

Tuesday, 5th May, 2015 8:33am

By Vix Lowthion with 30 readers' comments

Will you be taking action on Earth Day?

Earth day green heart :

The movement has been going strong since the first rallies in 1970. Are you planning anything today to celebrate Earth Day 2015?

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 11:03am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Island firm move into Scottish tidal energy

SME PLATO at Venture Quays_low res

Good news for Island-based company, Sustainable Marine Energy, as a £1.3m contract is confirmed with the backing of the Scottish Government.

Tuesday, 21st April, 2015 6:35pm

By Clemency Ives

​Green MEP calls for day of ‘free public transport’ to combat air pollution

Keith Taylor Green MEP with city and bus in background

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is calling for public transport across South East England to be made free within cities and towns today (Friday) to combat the very extreme levels of air pollution that is expected across the region.

Friday, 10th April, 2015 8:59am

By Keith Taylor's Office with 19 readers' comments

Call to declare Isle of Wight ‘Frack Free’ fails due to legal concerns

Anti Fracking poster

Concerns it could open the council to judicial review led to 12 members abstaining and nine voting against the motion to declare the Isle of Wight 'Fracking Free'.

Wednesday, 8th April, 2015 6:23pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Encouraging positive action to help build a new conservation network

Newtown bird hide

Mike Vallender is calling on residents, local community groups, Trusts or charitable bodies to work together to build a Conservation network to reach the wider communities on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 11:48am

By Mike Vallender with 7 readers' comments