One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure – and that is certainly the case for a North Yorkshire gin and sloe gin producer just off the A64. Highways England has been carrying out a major junction improvement at Barton Hill to improve safety and visibility for road users.As part of this £2.8m scheme, sections of the area’s hedgerow, a number of trees, and stone from an old water culvert had to be removed.However, the owners of Sloemotion at Barton-le-Willows, Jonathan and Julian Curtoys, worked with Highways England and its contractor A-one+ by giving some of the hedges a new lease of life.Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “We saved as much of the hedgerow as possible but sections of the hedge had to be removed. “The sloe berries used to produce the gin grow on hedgerows, so it seemed like the perfect solution to donate the hedge to this local sloe gin producing firm.”Jonathan Curtoys said: “The changes … [Read more...] about Hedges removed from road given new lease of life
Tree of life project
0 Have your say From the outside looking in it is fair to say the picturesque village of Oughtibridge keeps a relatively low profile. Residents seem to enjoy its status as a quaint village located five miles from the hustle and bustle of Sheffield city centre and in the heart of the beautiful Upper Don Valley. READ MORE: Driver's terror as yobs 'fire' at car in Sheffield with young daughters insideIn recent years residents have shown just how much the place means to them by campaigning on a number of issues. From tackling speeding drivers and helping businesses ravaged by fire to lobbying the council to protect the area from 'over-development' and for better flood defences. Residents are currently lobbying Sheffield Council to look at traffic management improvements. They claim there are almost daily 'near misses' at the junction between Jawbone Hill and the A6102.More than 700 people signed a petition to back up their claims and the council is conducting … [Read more...] about Community in focus: Proud Oughtibridge residents fighting to protect their village way of life
When protesters flooded the streets of Managua this week, their anger found an unusual target: a garish metal forest of 17-metre (56ft) sculptures known as the Árboles de la Vida. The multimillion-dollar art project – inspired by the work of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt – was reputedly inflicted upon Nicaragua’s capital and other cities by first lady Rosario Murillo in an attempt at civic beautification. For critics, however, the multicoloured structures – more than 140 of which now adorn roundabouts, street corners and parks – have come to symbolize how Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista Front (FSLN) has lost touch with the people in whose name it once fought. As deadly anti-government protests gripped Central America’s largest country this week – and the death toll reportedly rose to more than 60 – the trees came crashing down. “Each time a ‘tree of life’ is felled, the people around it cheer and stamp and … [Read more...] about Nicaragua’s toppling ‘trees’ strike ominous note for Daniel Ortega’s rule
Nicaraguan protesters demanding President Daniel Ortega's resignation have been taking their anger out on a pet project of his wife -- giant steel sculptures scattered around Managua. The 17-meter (55 feet)-tall "Trees of Life" structures erected throughout the Nicaraguan capital were designed by Ortega's wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo. But following a wave of deadly protests that erupted last week over planned pension reforms, many in the opposition have come to see them as emblematic of the administration's arrogance in one of Latin America's poorest countries. "Knocking down the trees means overthrowing this government that is acting badly towards us," said Vladimir, a student manning a barricade near the Polytechnic University, one of the flashpoints for anti-government rioting in the Central American country for almost a week. Five years ago, the Sandinista government ordered the construction of 150 giant steel "trees" in different areas around the capital, part of a … [Read more...] about Nicaragua rioters uproot Ortega couple’s ‘Trees of Life’
Teesside is suffering from a ‘brain drain’ of workers as four in 10 students take up jobs outside the North-east within six months of graduating. In a bid to encourage people to stay on Teesside, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants to turn ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’. Mr Houchen supports three main ‘brain gain’ policies which aim to spark a ‘digital revolution’ across Teesside. The policies include: - An audit of unused public sector buildings which could be converted into low-cost officers for start ups. - Universities to allow students to form start up businesses in their buildings after graduation - Allowing Apprenticeship Levy funds to be used for retraining people returning to work after a period of unemployment Mr Houchen has spent time at his former school, Conyers in Yarm, encouraging students to study languages at university. The Gazette spoke to nine young people who grew up on Teesside. Some decided to build … [Read more...] about Jobs, cash and quality of life: Why do so many leave Teesside?