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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.

Video: Ventnor’s Cliff top wildflower meadow now well established

cliff top meadow ventnor

Two years ago this cliff top was simply covered by grass. Now it's a thriving wildflower meadow. Here's how it was transformed.

Friday, 19th July, 2019 2:57pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Ferry company awarded ‘gold star’ certificate for sustainable transport

red funnel goes green

The Visit Isle of Wight Green Star scheme acknowledges and rewards businesses that actively promote the use of sustainable transport to protect the environment and enhance customer experience on the Island.

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 6:08pm

By Lisa Norman with one comment

Zero waste campaingers take their Plastic Attack to Sainsbury’s

Residents taking part in plastic attack at Sainsburys

The protest was part of a national campaign to encourage supermarkets to reduce their plastic packaging. Inspired by the recent TV series ‘Hugh’s war on waste’ the shoppers felt moved to action to join in with the ‘plastic attack’.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 11:30am

By Hollie Fallick with one comment

Join the ‘Plastic Attack’ day of action on the Isle of Wight

produce bags

Plastic-free campaigner, Hollie Fallick, says more direct action is needed to make the supermarkets listen and commit to tackling the issue. Details of how you can take part here.

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 8:28am

By Hollie Fallick with 3 readers' comments

Ventnor’s Flower Fairy at it again, this time with positive noises from BT

Outside the BT building before and after weeds cleared

It sounds as though BT are going to embrace the champion volunteering efforts of Lesley Brown - aka the Ventnor Flower Fairy - as she sets to work outside the BT building.

Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Gift to Nature secures National Lottery Heritage boost for Golden Hill Country Park

willow maze

This ambitious project is designed to breathe life back into Golden Hill Country Park through a host of environmental improvements and new heritage and creative installations.

Monday, 24th June, 2019 2:49pm

By Vanessa Langley

Isle of Wight becomes UK’s latest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Ryde School celebrate Biosphere Announcement with L-R Bob Seely MP, Jonathan Bacon, Dave Stewart, Joel Bateman

Becoming an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve means the Isle of Wight is recognised as one of the best places in the world to explore sustainable way people interact with natural environment.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 12:26pm

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Beach cleaning ten miles of Isle of Wight coast and raising money for WasteAid UK

Compton beach clean

Any money donated will go directly for use in community projects to prevent plastic bags entering the ocean by turning them into paving slabs.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 1:51pm

By Anne Sayer with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight leisure centre chosen for smart-building EU funded pilot project

heights leisure centre

The pilot project, funded by the EU, will help the Isle of Wight council reduce energy bills and carbon emissions and demonstrates how a conventional building can become a smart building.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 8:37am

By Sara Crane with 12 readers' comments

#7 days of cycling challenge supported as part of Bike Week

cycling - visit isle of wight

The Isle of Wight council will be supporting a number of Island cycling activities during the week, joining the wide variety of events that will take place right across the UK.

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019 5:17pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight among new Marine Conservation Zones

A male cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) guards a female (out of view inside weeds, you can actually just see her in front of male's tentacles) as she lays eggs within the seaweeds. Babbacombe Bay, Torbay, Devon, England. This picture was taken during the spring (May) spawning period. This male is showing a striped pattern, classic colouration during mating.

CEO of the Wildlife Trust says with three local areas now designated, the task ahead is to ensure the management and conservation measures live up to the promise and really play a part in restoring our marine life and livelihoods

Friday, 31st May, 2019 6:17am

By Hannah Terrey with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight biodiversity pioneers win cross-Channel research work

East Cowes, Isle of Wight - Vertipools Walls for Wildlife at the entrance to the Medina River

The biodiversity pioneers from Sandown will develop and upscale new ways of enhancing and protecting urban coast and estuary ecosystems at test sites in the Solent and on the north coast of France.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019 8:51am

By Claire Hector with 2 readers' comments