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Love them or loathe them, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a smattering of Brussels sprouts to accompany the turkey and trimmings.

Felixstowe Beach Station not long before demolition in 2004.

Investigations are under way following clearance work at the former site of a historic railway station.

Eden-Rose Coppice Trust join with the Woodland Trust to plant the millionth tree as part of its First World War Centenary Woods Project in Brickmakers wood, Ipswich 
Friends and supporters of Brickmakers wood join to plant the tree

A charity which restores neglected town centre woodlands to create beautiful havens for people with cancer and children with additional needs has made history by planting the millionth tree of a poignant commemoration project.

Tidal Surge around Suffolk's coast has caused major disruptions. Huge waves crash over sea defences in Southwold.

A predicted combination of high spring tides and strong winds from the north-west later this week has sparked a warning of potential flooding in coastal Suffolk.

Amazing sea surge - Lorraine Cooke

Emergency services are to meet today to discuss how they would handle a storm surge should it hit the East Anglian coast later in the week.

The Repair and Re-Use cafe at Colchester Library. L-R: David Church, Kristina Fleuty, Chris Blomeley, Tony Neal and Carla Johnson.

A new repair service has been launched in Colchester.

Clear-up after travellers in London Road, Clacton

People who give work to travellers are only encouraging them to stay longer – and risk paying twice, according to a senior councillor.

Sudbury in Bloom previously received the Gold award in the competition

Green fingered Sudbury residents are being urged to dig out their trowels and help beautify their town in time for an Anglia in Bloom comeback next summer.

Green Fair taking place at the Apex Bury St Edmunds. Pictured from the RSPB is Pippa Northway.

More than 900 people picked up tips on everything from eco camping to composting as experts shared their knowledge of all things green at a sustainable living fair in Bury St Edmunds.

The site of the proposed new flood barrier.

The final phase of the £53m flood protection scheme for Ipswich is due to start at the end of this month after the contract to build and fit the £21m tidal barrier was confirmed.

Orford beach and the River Ore

 - by Mike Page

Urgent action is needed to prepare Britain’s coasts for the “enormous challenges” presented by nature’s unstoppable and potentially devastating forces, one of the UK’s leading environmental charities warns today.

The temporary barrier

Permanent bollards are being put up in Kesgrave tomorrow in an effort to avoid a repeat of unauthorised traveller camps being set up in the town.

Left to right: Keith Stevens, Ian Hawkins, Glenn Smithson, Peter Lawson, James Hooker and Giles Cawston

A project to restore the River Lark into a “lively river bustling with wildlife” has been recognised with a prestigious conservation award.

Southwold's Pier Beach has been rated as excellent in the latest bathing water quality results

Thirteen Suffolk and north Essex beaches have been graded “excellent” or “good” for their bathing water quality following testing against even tougher new European Union regulations.

Ropes Drive Tesco land for sale in kesgrave.

Land next to the Tesco store in Kesgrave could be used for community projects, if plans by the retailer to sell the space go through.

Campaigners collecting signatures in Felixstowe town centre against proposals for a charge on brown bins

Campaigners have expressed their delight following a decision by community leaders in Suffolk Coastal not to bring in charges for the district’s brown bin waste service.

Turtle dove

A bird immortalised in one of the most famous Christmas tunes has been placed on the list of species considered to be facing extinction.

Great Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm off Suffolk, which is close to where the Galloper project will be constructed.

The construction of a £1.5billion windfarm off the Suffolk coast is to begin next month after new partners were found to back the project.

Community leaders in Suffolk Coastal are set to buck the trend for charging for brown bins – and keep the service free.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge with chair of the park trustees Geoffrey Bray at Clare Country Park

A country park in west Suffolk which was handed over to a town council earlier this year is progressing well under local management, according to local MP James Cartlidge, who visited the site this week.

A lynx

A trust which wants to reintroduce the lynx to Thetford Forest says a nationwide consultation has revealed that more than 90pc of people are in favour.

Emma Howard-Boyd, vice-chair of the Environment Agency with David Finch, leader of the Essex County Council unveiling a plaque officially opening Tendring's £36m sea defence scheme.

A £36million project stretching 5km along Essex’s coastline was officially opened yesterday after being completed early and under budget.

Landfill site. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A senior councillor has said Tendring cannot “sit back” on recycling as new figures reveal the district has the worst recycling rates in Essex.

Borehole drilling as part of site investigations for Sizewell C.

Development of new nuclear power stations in Suffolk and Essex will be partly funded by Chinese investment, it was formally announced this afternoon.

Re-launch of campaign in Sudbury aimed at stopping people from dropping cigarette butts. Bradley Smith (Community Warden) is pictured with Big Cig.

Smokers in a west Suffolk town who drop “thousands” of cigarette butts in the streets each week are being given a final warning to clean up their act or face tough penalties.

An illegal fly tip site. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

North Essex councils are spending tens of thousands of pounds cleaning up rubbish dumped by fly-tippers – but are achieving few prosecutions.

Mansbrook Boulevard , Ravenswood where branches have been cut down on the cycle path. 
Paul Geater checks out the damage

An attempt by the county council to clear the route of a cycle path through the Ravenswood development has left residents fuming.

David Greenacre, chair of Greener Fram.

Problems like climate change can seem remote and insoluble. Sheena Grant meets a man who believes local action could do more good than most of us imagine

Ivy bees

Most of our bees are in trouble and struggling to survive. But, as Suffolk conservationist Audrey Boyle reports, one species is providing a welcome sting in the otherwise gloomy tale

Bradwell Power Station.

Anti-nuclear protesters have written to the Chinese premier ahead of a state visit to the UK to highlight concerns about plans for a new reactor in Essex.

Amber Rudd  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The landmark nuclear power station deal in Somerset which could pave the way for Sizewell C is hoped for soon, the energy secretary has said. 
Amber Rudd would not confirm reports that there could be a key announcement of an agreement during next week’s visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping, but said she hoped energy giant EDF would announce more details about when power might be generated in the next few weeks.

Oilseed Rape flowers in Hoo near Wickham Market

As the controversy over neonicotinoid pesticides continues, Suffolk conservationist Audrey Boyle speaks to the UK’s top bee specialist and discovers there is conservation action we can all take.

Users have been sharing autumnal photos of Suffolk on Instagram

With more than 300 million active users and 70 million photos posted each day, Instagram is one of the fastest-growing forms of social media.

Myriad by David Rickard and Germano Di Chello will grace the grounds of Snape Maltings

An exciting new contemporary sculpture will be built at Snape Maltings next year to give visitors a different way of looking at the landscape.

Avocet kneeling allowing chicks to find shelter under wing

The RSPB is celebrating a record-breaking year for its emblem bird the avocet across its nature reserves - including one of the Suffolk sites where the species made its famous British comeback almost 70 years ago.

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