The National Trust has today unveiled one of the UK’s biggest woodland expansion and tree planting projects in an ambitious plan to become carbon net zero by 2030 as the charity celebrates its 125th anniversary.
National Trust outlines fresh ambition in landmark speech by Director General
Charity will become carbon net zero by 2030
20 million trees to be planted and established over ten years to tackle climate change, creating new woodland ‘one and a half times the size of Manchester or equivalent to 42 new Sherwood Forests’
Ambitious plans to create green corridors for people and nature near towns and cities
Year-long campaign to connect people with nature during 125th anniversary year includes dancing outdoors, watching dawns and a celebration of Britain’s own blossom season
Continued commitment to investing in arts and heritage
Charity expects to welcome its six millionth member this year
Hilary McGrady said: ‘It’s our 125th year and the National Trust has always been here for the benefit of everyone. That is why we are making these ambitious announcements in response to what is needed from our institution today.
As Europe’s biggest conservation charity, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to fight climate change, which poses the biggest threat to the places, nature and collections we care for.
People need nature now more than ever. If they connect with it then they look after it. And working together is the only way we can reverse the decline in wildlife and the challenges we face due to climate change.‘.
Trafford Council in Greater Manchester, UK spent £103.4 million on purchasing and investing in property in 2019 as part of its finance strategy.
The authority has spent the cash in the hope of bringing in greater returns for council tax payers through interest on loans and from profits on any future sales of property assets, as well as supporting ongoing regeneration across Trafford.
Some of the money used to make these investments has come from a central government borrowing fund which offers low interest rates for local authorities and encourages them to invest in property.
The rest has come from within the council’s budget using council tax.
In total, Trafford has purchased five properties this year for a total of £50.8 million and made loans as part of its property investment strategy totalling £102.6 million.
The council bought the following properties in 2019:
Lacey Street Royal Mail depot, Stretford (bought for £800,000)
Stretford Mall (bought as part of £50 million deal with developers Bruntwood: £25 million to cover the council’s half of the purchase, a further £25 million was loaned to Bruntwood to cover their half of the costs)
Stamford Quarter shopping centre, Altrincham (bought as part of above £50 million Bruntwood deal)
Clarendon House (bought as part of above £50 million Bruntwood deal)
Sainsbury’s Altrincham (bought for £25million)
The council loaned money to owners or developers for the following properties:
CIS Tower, Miller Street, Manchester city centre (loan of £60 million to owners for refinancing and refurbishing the building)
Four office buildings off Albert Square, Manchester city centre (loan of £17.6 million as property investment)
Stamford Quarter, Altrincham (£50 million loaned to Bruntwood developers as part of £100million purchase deal)
Stretford Mall (£50 million loaned to Bruntwood developers as part of above deal)
Clarendon House (£50 million loaned to Bruntwood developers as part of above deal)
The grand total of more than £203 million spent this year doesn’t include a further £2.5 million loaned to Trafford Leisure to support two leisure centres in Altrincham and Urmston.
The council made clear that the loan wasn’t part of the council’s investment strategy, but to support the centres and give staff their first pay increase in years.
Other ongoing development projects that the council has on its books include the former Kellogg’s factory site in Stretford that was bought for £12 million back in September 2017.
The site is expected to include 750 homes, an 100-bedroom hotel and a primary school once development work is finished.
Plans to merge two primary schools, knock down their 100-year-old building and replace it with a brand new 21-classroom school in Altrincham are also on the cards.
The council is still in talks with Stamford Park Infants and Junior Schools after an offer of £8 million to build a new school on the site was turned down twice.
When undertaking a building project you must comply with Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. Safety signs and signals are required where, despite putting in place all other relevant measures, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains.
Safety signs are in place to alert employees, customers and visitors to the risks and, where appropriate, show safe practice. Safety signs are used in a range of environments, for example traffic signs in the workplace to regulate road traffic, safety signs to identify hazards or safety signs to indicate where fire exits and fire extinguishers are.
The 4 major Health and safety signs are;
Safety Condition signs (Green and White) – giving you information that is only about safety action, location of safety equipment, safety facility or escape route. Safe condition signs generally use a white safety symbol on a green background.
Warning signs (Yellow and white) – alerting you to hazards or danger indicate when there are potentialsafety risks or dangerous situations that require attention to anyone who is on the premises in order to protect themselves. They are highly visible and colour coded to make them easier to understand, warning signs are yellow.
Mandatory signs (Blue and White) – meaning you must do something and is depicted by a blue circle with a white pictogram. They inform employees and visitors that a certain course of action must be taken; such as wearing PPE, sounding horn and washing hands. Below are our most popular ISO compliant mandatory symbols. Wear eye protection.
Prohibition signs (Red and white) – meaning you must not do something such as a behaviour / action likely to cause a risk to health or safety. Prohibition signs are required to be red circle with a red diagonal line through it (running from top left to bottom right)
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Police are warning people not to attend New Year celebrations on the River Thames in London without a ticket, as the UK prepares to usher in 2020.
More than 100,000 tickets have been bought for Tuesday night’s sold-out fireworks display.
The Metropolitan Police urged those without tickets to watch from home or attend other events in the city.
Firework shows are also to be held in cities including Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Inverness and Nottingham.
And in Edinburgh, the streets of Edinburgh are filling up as an estimated 100,000 Hogmanay revellers prepare to welcome in the start of a new decade.
Celebrations began on Monday evening with thousands taking part in a pre-Hogmanay torchlight procession.
In a statement to those visiting London for the celebrations, the Met said it wanted “everyone who comes to London for New Year’s Eve to have a good time”.
However, referencing the fireworks on the Thames, the force added: “If visitors do not have a ticket, entry will not be permitted to the event, so the advice from the Met is to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your home.”
A yellow weather warning from the Met Office is in place for “very strong winds” which are expected tonight and into Monday morning which could cause disruption with coastal winds of more than 70 miles an hour.
It comes as Storm Atiyah is set to arrive in the UK with wind speeds of around 50mph predicted inland, with coastal areas being affected by gusts of up to 75mph.
There could be large waves offshore in Wales, the South West of England and potentially the North West as a result of the high winds.
It’s likely to be gusty across the Pennines, but lower levels could also be affected, too.
Temperatures are likely to be in single figures.
The Met Office warns there could be some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport, with train services and buses potentially affected, too.
Parents on the school run and commuters are warned to take care in the high winds on Monday morning.