Travel Hannah and Chico take the long way round Wales

How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

A magnificent forest. But the Government may wield the axe

Michael McCarthy goes down to the woods, the latest target for the Coalition's cuts

Letters: Bus passes

Keep the bus pass for all

Government plans huge sell-off of Britain's forests

The Government is drawing up plans to sell off publicly owned forests in a move that could see private developers allowed to clear ancient trees to make way for holiday resorts, golf courses and adventure playgrounds.

Huge areas of woodland to be sold by government

Great swathes of Britain's forests are to be privatised, it emerged last night.

Topiary or not topiary?: Few people make the effort to shape their hedges into peacocks, ships or rabbits anymore

More's the pity, says Anna Pavord, who is trying to persuade her Irish yews to hold hands

Tasmania's forests saved after 30 years of fighting

For nearly three decades, Tasmania's ancient eucalypt forests have been the scene of pitched battles between environmentalists and loggers. Now, in a stunning volte-face, the forestry industry has called a truce, announcing that it will stop clearing old-growth native trees altogether.

A blaze of glory: The remarkable true story behind autumn’s greatest show of colour

Under constant attack by the elements... One vote away from the chainsaw... That Westonbirt – the national arboretum – survives, is down to the work of one man. David Randall pores over his diaries

Environment quangos: It could be worse, but fears persist

Green campaigners will be relieved that the three main environmental quangos, Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission, have at least survived the cull; there had been fears since the election that the first two would be merged and the last abolished.

Fast-spreading new disease threatens plane trees

With its broad canopy and majestic height, the London plane tree is as intrinsic a part of the capital's Royal Parks as the deck chairs on the lawns of St James's and the rowing boats on the Serpentine. But now the ubiquity of Plantanus hispanica is under threat from a fast-growing fungal menace previously unknown in Britain.

Rocca warns of losing focus in the rain delays

Constantino Rocca, who featured in three Ryder Cups, said the players will struggle to keep their focus if further rain hampers play at Celtic Manor.

Putin sacks forestry chief

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday sacked Russia's forestry agency chief, who was criticised over the failure to prevent the summer's devastating wildfires.

Come on in, the wildlife's lovely

As the Million Ponds Project gains plaudits from the Environment Agency after just 18 months, Gillian Orr dips a toe into the nature sanctuary at the bottom of the garden

Leading article: Pure madness

It should have been a woman, of course. If she had undertaken the task of following on foot the course of the world's greatest, and most daunting river, she could have been called a true "Amazon".

Forest fires 'out of control' in parts of western Russia

Forest fires threatened to blaze out of control across parts of Russia yesterday and have already left 40 people dead and destroyed a fifth of the country's wheat crop.

Connaught battered by council cutbacks

Connaught shares plunged yesterday after the specialist in repairs to social housing warned that profits would be badly hit by public spending cuts.

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