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FOE Condems cuts in solar subsidies

FOE energy campaigners have criticised the government’s decision to cut back subsidies for large scale solar installations. The decision means that projects up to 50kw remain unaffected but subsidies for larger schemes will be slashed from 32.9 per kilowatt-hour to 19p and even more for the largest ones. The move is likely to discourage major investment in solar energy at a time when the cost of carbon-based fuels is rocketing leaving many this winter having to a choose between fuel or food.


Campaigners’ joy as yew trees are saved

The trees outside the Havant Sorting and Delivery Office in East Street Havant on the corner of Beechworth Road were doomed, but they have now been saved.


Published in the Portsmouth News on Saturday 4th June 2011

GREEN campaigners have spoken of their relief that two historic trees are to be saved from the chop.

The Highways Agency had planned to fell two large Irish yew trees outside the Post Office sorting office in East Street, Havant, because they obscure the bus stop and are beginning to damage the pavement.

Bus passengers complained they had to stand in the road to be seen by bus drivers.

But Friends of the Earth and Havant tree warden volunteers quickly leapt into action to save the trees – which are within St Faith’s conservation area.

Ray Cobbett, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘We’re obviously very relieved. The trees haven’t been well maintained but they are in good health.

‘A little bit of judicious trimming may be welcome here. Trimming is one thing but outright removal is quite different. There is little damage to the walking area around the tree by the roots and there are environmental solutions that can be used for that anyway.

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