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New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, environment secretary Michael Gove has announced.

The wealth of “enthusiasm” for keeping Sudbury tidy has been revealed at a meeting organised by the town council, which plans to get the community’s efforts “on the map”.

The number of households using brown compost bins has fallen by more than half in the three Suffolk districts that introduced charges for their brown bins last year.

Engineers have started drilling under the River Orwell as part of a £30 million scheme to boost power supplies in Suffolk and Essex.

Green Flag judges have recognised two Ipswich parks with their top annual accolade.

Knot. It’s just about the most negative name for a bird species that anyone could think of.

Noisy night flights from Stansted Airport will be tackled in a new crackdown, a government minister has pledged.

The amount of rubbish sent to landfill from Colchester has dropped by more than a quarter since new tough limits on household waste were introduced.

Proposals for a 300-acre port business park on farmland in the heart of the Felixstowe peninsula will be progressed – despite nearly 200 villagers voicing strong objections.

Groups and individuals in Sudbury are being urged to pool resources and combine their efforts to spruce up the town.

New research suggesting that the area around Sizewell could be successfully evacuated in two-and-a-half hours if there was a meltdown at the nuclear power station has been labelled “ridiculous” by critics.

The Stour and Orwell Forum 2017 had a recurring theme - the search for balance between potentially conflicting issues on the estuaries.

Invasive non-native species are a serious and constant threat to British wildlife. The latest skirmishes in the continuing battle against them have taken place in the Stour Valley and on the Suffolk coast.

Several north Essex parishes have been chosen as winners in the annual Village of the Year competition.

A 200-tonne flood defence barrier in Ipswich is set to be installed in October as work on the town’s flood defence scheme continues on schedule.

The bill for clearing up a popular sports ground after travellers set up a camp on the site has been estimated at more than £3,000.

There’s quite a buzz about the RSPB’s Flatford Wildlife Garden at present - and it’s not just coming from its abundant bees.

Helmingham Hall in Suffolk has been presented with a prestigious national award in appreciation of its spectacular gardens.

An arachnophobic mother-of-one from Coddenham received the fright of her life on Monday when she discovered a male ‘Black Widow’ spider in a box of grapes.

A dry summer could leave some of the region’s most iconic wetlands “as parched as the Mediterranean”, which would be “disastrous” for wildlife, a leading charity has warned.

Town hall bosses say less than 0.25% of collections have been missed and only 46 complaints received in the first week of controversial new rubbish rules.

Motorists in Ipswich are facing eight weeks of disruption as work to replace sewers near the town’s railway station take place.

A green grants scheme for business launched last year has identified £2m worth of savings for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses to date, it says.

The go-ahead has been secured for a £32million project which will mean a ten-fold reduction in the risk of flooding to people living in part of Lowestoft.

The Suffolk and Essex borderlands of the Dedham Vale, an area virtually unrivalled as a classic English lowland landscape, has long inspired artists and greats such as Sir Alfred Munnings, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough have used its beauty to produce some of the greatest of all British works of art.

The finest examples of Britain’s green spaces - the protected landscapes that are nationally designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - don’t just look good. They perform immensely important roles and offer vital services, from boosting local economies to improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Police are investigating after allegations a Sudbury meadow “packed with wildlife” was “ploughed” during nesting season.

Construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power station for decades has today come under fire – with the Government’s own monitoring body saying the deal has “locked consumers into a risky and expensive” project.

Drivers will face continued roadworks in Ipswich as work starts next week on an £800,000 scheme to replace sewers in the town centre.

Two buildings in Suffolk including a Buddhist retreat set in the heart of the countryside are among six projects in the East of England to receive a prestigious award for architecture.

Top billing at the National Portrait Gallery, London for Suffolk artist Ania.

The desire to find a workable balance between housing development and the needs of wildlife is a challenge as old as the conservation movement itself.

Charity bosses at RSPB Minsmere have said goodbye to the BBC Springwatch studio – marking the end of an era for the east Suffolk reserve.

Refuelling Suffolk’s nuclear power station will go ahead on schedule after the first load of radioactive waste was moved into storage.

A ‘faceless’ fly-tipper has dumped a pile of rubbish on the lawn at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich to spread awareness of illegal tipping.

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