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National Trust hits back in planning law row

The National Trust today hit back at Government claims it was misrepresenting changes to planning laws, warning it was concerned about the threat to "everyday places" that communities loved.

Carbon credits for farming endorsed

Australia's parliament yesterday endorsed the world's first national scheme that regulates the creation and trade of carbon credits from farming and forestry, complementing government plans to put a price on carbon emissions from mid-2012.

Make the most of Summer in the Cotswolds!

There's more to the Cotswolds than rolling pastures, chocolate-box villages and the famous honey-coloured stone. Ian White goes exploring

Make the most of summer on the Solway Coast

This scenic stretch, dubbed the Scottish Riviera, is neglected by British tourists. Rhiannon Batten finds out what they're missing

Traveller's Guide: Forest Holidays

Wildlife-spotting, mountain biking, treehouses, hiking... there are countless ways to enjoy Europe's woodlands, says Rhiannon Batten

The Business On... John Paulson, founder, Paulson & Co

He's the modern-day King Midas, right?

Forests fight back all over the world

Woodland density is going up after decades of decline, but concerns about deforestation remain. Andrew Marszal reports on the Great Reversal

The Future of England's Forests: How we got lost in the woods

After plans to sell off England's forests were dramatically shelved, The Independent launched a prize for the best writing on their future. Here, Michael McCarthy introduces the winning article

Wildfires cause £100,000 damage in Scotland

Thousands of heathland fires raged across swathes of the UK today, as the record-breaking dry spell continued.

Finland's paper mills battle the internet

UPM, the world's largest graphic paper producer, is diversifying to cope with falling demand

Sale of 15 per cent of English forests to raise £100m

Sales of a 15 per cent portion of English public forests will go ahead within the next four years, raising an expected £100m, the Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, said yesterday.

Forests sale 'within four years'

Sales of 15% of England's public forests will go ahead within the next four years, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today.

Enterprise key to recovery says Cameron

David Cameron will put his faith in "hungry" British entrepreneurs today as the coalition struggles to pull UK plc out of the doldrums.

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