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Green battle on Botham's boyhood practice ground

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17 March 2008

Rangers help Peak water research

National park rangers will help conduct a major research scheme into climate change over the next nine months.The volunteer rangers in the Peak District will conduct the biggest ever research project into moorland water levels.

10 March 2008

Walkers Welcome in East Yorkshire market town

Market Weighton is the latest town to extend a welcome to walkers.The East Yorkshire market town has gained Walkers Are Welcome status, a mark of its reputation as a place to enjoy the outdoors.A Walkers Are Welcome signThe town is the fifth to gain the accolade.

13 March 2008

Police chief's body showed no signs of fall

A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of the police chief found on Snowdon found no signs of trauma from a jump or a fall.Greater Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd: no obvious cause of deathGreater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd’s remains were found buried by snow on a sloping path near Bwlch Glas, the col where the popular Pyg Track meets the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

12 March 2008

China: 'Everest is now closed'

Attempts on Everest have been put on hold after the Chinese government said it would allow no mountaineering on the Tibetan side of the peak in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.Everest's southern aspect from NepalThe authorities say they fear ‘heavy climbing activities and crowded climbing routes’ pose a safety hazard.

12 March 2008

Darling should 'tax tourists to boost environment'

Must try harder: that’s the verdict of England’s top conservation body following Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling’s first budget.Natural England chair Sir Martin DoughtyNatural England, which is charged with looking after the country’s landscape and environment, says bolder measures must be taken to boost a greener approach and protect the countryside in the wake of climate change.

12 March 2008

Police chief's body found on Snowdon

The body of a top policeman was found on Snowdon this afternoon.Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable Michael Todd had been reported missing after going walking yesterday.

11 March 2008

Entries now open for Lowe Alpine Marathon

Entries are now open for the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM).LAMM 2007 Felicity MartinThe event will take place over two days in early June.

10 March 2008

'Lives at risk' as walkers fight for golf course path

A ding-dong battle is raging between walkers and golfers over a London footpath.People using a public right of way across Northwick Park golf course have been told they should ring a bell to warn players they are approaching.

09 March 2008

Cavers safe after 30-hour ordeal in south Wales

Two cavers are safe after being trapped underground in a south Wales cave for 30 hours.The two men, in their 30s and from Gloucestershire and south Wales, were trapped by rising water but took refuge in a dry area of the Dan-yr-Ogof system in the Swansea Valley.

16 March 2008

Historic Dales curios go on show

A national park’s outdoor curios are going on display – online.Thousands of minor noticeable features of the Yorkshire Dales national park, ranging from milk-churn stands to sheep creeps, are being logged and featured in a project run by the park authority.The Yorkshire Dales: historic features online The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority already has details of 29,000 major historical features, such as barns, old houses and lime kilns, but work has begun on cataloguing the smaller items which characterise the Dales countryside.

11 March 2008

Scots minister agrees to bigger Cairngorms park

Britain’s largest national park is set to get even bigger.Scottish Environment Minister Mike Russell told the Scottish Parliament that the Cairngorms park would be extended to include eastern and Highland Perthshire and Blair Atholl.

14 March 2008

Tragic police chief 'probably twice over drink-drive limit'

The police chief found dead on Snowdon on Tuesday probably had double the legal drink-driving amount of alcohol in his body, a consultant pathologist said.Chief Constable Michael ToddDr Anthony Caslin told an inquest today that Chief Constable Michael Todd’s blood-alcohol level was 105 mg per 100ml at the time of his death.

13 March 2008

Woman dies after Torridon fall

A mountaineer died today after a fall in Torridon.The unnamed woman was airlifted by Coastguard helicopter from Fuar Tholl, a 907m (2,976ft) corbett near Achnashellach in Glen Carron.Members of Torridon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the aid of the woman this afternoon.

11 March 2008

Outdoors Show opens this Friday

The annual Gore-tex fest that is the Outdoors Show opens this Friday.The celebration of everything climby, walky, paddly and generally open airy takes place in that hub of the outdoors world, Birmingham.You can be sure there will be lots of expensive clothing in this year’s garish colours to ogle at, GPS toys to play with, and ‘celebrities’ to listen to.Organisations as diverse as the Scouts, the Ramblers’ Association, the Royal Marines Commandos and Jenning’s Brewery will be tempting visitors.

12 March 2008

Beefy's mum joinsYeovil green-space campaigners

A leading green-spaces campaigner will team up with the mother of former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham at a rally against a sports development tomorrow.Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, and Marie Botham, a parish councillor, will lead the protest against a council’s plans to build a sports centre on Yeovil Rec, a green area in the Somerset town.Kate Ashbrook The public meeting has been called by the Save Yeovil Rec campaign.

11 March 2008

Cash boost for Scottish mountain safety

Scottish mountaineering today received a financial boost to help improve safety on the mountains.In a sad and ironic twist, Scottish sports minister Stewart Maxwell announced the investment in mountain safety just 6km (3¾ miles) from where David Rainey lost his life in a 270m (900ft) fall on Saturday.

10 March 2008

Scots park authorities 'should be stripped of status'

Scotland’s two national park authorities should be stripped of their status and controlled by Scottish Natural Heritage, according to a report out this week.Loch Lomond: stormy times ahead if report is adoptedThe Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs parks are ‘clunky and cumbersome’ and have turned into a ‘formal and bureaucratic muddle’.

08 March 2008

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