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Group Looking For Minibeasts At Activity Centre

Exploring the great outdoors, conducting fun science experiments and creating computer animations are all part of this year’s Staffordshire’s family learning campaign. Part of a national drive to inspire families to have fun while learning together, the national celebration lasts from 19th October to 3rd November – but in Staffordshire the learning opportunities are available throughout the year. Activity themes ...

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Update on the Isabel Trail

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Part of the Isabel Trail in Stafford is reopening today following a safety inspection. The whole trail was closed as a precautionary measure after the death of Neville Scattergood, aged 58, of Stafford, who was hit by part of a falling tree last Thursday morning as he walked by the cemetery near Eccleshall Road. Now a section of the trail, ...

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Section of the Isabel Trail to remain closed

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Part of the Isabel Trail in Stafford is to remain closed to members of the public following a fatal accident on Thursday morning in which a 58-year-old man died. Health and safety experts have been on site today to carry out further investigations into the circumstances and cause of a tree fall onto the path. As a result the trail ...

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National award for young farmer

A farmer who began his career on a rented farm at the age of 21 has won a national award. Sam Bailey, of Green Lane Farm, Yarlet, was chosen by Farmers Weekly as its young Farmer of the Year. Sam, now 23, originally from Eccleshall, is milking 140 cows, as well as tending a flock of 250 sheep, and is ...

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Nature area under new management

A view of the site in Consall that the RSPB will be managing.

A Staffordshire beauty spot is to be managed by an internationally-renowned nature conservation charity. Staffordshire County Council and the RSPB has agreed a 100-year lease for the charity to take over the management and day-to-day running of the local authority-owned Consall Nature Park. The RSPB will be managing Consall Woods on a 100-year lease for the benefit of visitors, woodland ...

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Your Staffordshire Card scheme finishing at the end of the month

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Parents are being reminded that the Your Staffordshire Card (YSC) scheme is ending on 31 August 2019 and will no longer be accepted after this date. With the new school term just around the corner, the county council is encouraging parents and young people to check out the best deals with their local bus operator. The scheme is finishing after ...

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£2m Cannock Chase conservation plan approved

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A 10-year plan to manage Cannock Chase’s natural habitat has been approved by the government’s nature conservation agency. The agreement with Natural England means Staffordshire County Council will receive more than £2 million in Government funding towards managing the nationally and internationally important wildlife areas on the country park. Mark Winnington, the county council’s cabinet member responsible, said: The Chase ...

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Landmark for Staffordshire libraries

Staffordshire’s flagship community library programme is celebrating a major milestone. This month’s transfer of the day-to-day management and delivery of Penkridge library to Penkridge Parish Council is the 27th successful completion and marks the end of the fourth phase of this four-year programme. Staffordshire’s library service now has more than 950 volunteers contributing at its 27 community run libraries and ...

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Conservation work on Cannock Chase

Routine spraying is underway on Cannock Chase to stop bracken choking other plants, hindering wildlife and reducing public access. Specialist contractors will be spraying bracken in the next few weeks in well signposted areas. The herbicide spray has been used for many years safely on the Chase and at other sites across the country, with no harm to animals, birds, ...

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Millions of pounds invested in new Staffordshire schools

An anticipated £300 million will be spent on building new schools and creating extra places. The money will be invested to ensure there is enough capacity to meet the expected growth in demand as the county’s population grows. A new report for Staffordshire County Council says £60 million, plus land costs, has been invested in the last five years building ...

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