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Shinfield St Mary’s Primary School Gets Solar Panels

Shinfield St Mary’s Primary School Gets Solar Panels

2021 saw Shinfield St Mary’s Primary School get even greener following the installation of 116 new solar panels across the school roof, allowing it to massively increase the amount of sustainable energy generated on site. The new panels mean the school can now generate up to 43.5kw an hour at peak, enough to power over […]

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Portman Road Play Area Transformation Complete

Portman Road Play Area Transformation Complete

WORKS to completely refurbish the children’s playground on Portman Road, west Reading, with brand new equipment have been completed. Following an online public consultation in July 2021 on 4 shortlisted designs, Option 4 by HAGS won with 45% of the public vote. The new mix of accessible equipment includes two inclusive multi-units and roundabout, a […]

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Reading University Net Zero Carbon Goal For 2030 Receives Further Grant To Help Decarbonise Its Heating Systems

Reading University Net Zero Carbon Goal For 2030 Receives Further Grant To Help Decarbonise Its Heating Systems

The University of Reading has been awarded a £100,000 grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to take the first steps towards decarbonising the heating of Whiteknights campus buildings. The grant is awarded from BEIS’ Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) and will be match funded by the University. The money will […]

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Reading Holocaust Memorial Day – Reflection In Reading To Take Place

Reading Holocaust Memorial Day – Reflection In Reading To Take Place

AN EVENING of reflection to commemorate victims of the Holocaust will be held on Wednesday 26 January.  Reading’s event will follow the global Holocaust Memorial Day theme for 2022 of ‘One Day’. One Day put aside to come together to remember, to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in the […]

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Air Pollution Significantly Reduces Pollination – Reading University Scientists Say

Air Pollution Significantly Reduces Pollination – Reading University Scientists Say

Common air pollutants from both urban and rural environments may be reducing the pollinating abilities of insects by preventing them from sniffing out the crops and wildflowers that depend on them, new research has shown. Scientists from the University of Reading, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and the University of Birmingham found that […]

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Reading Courage Park Playground Redevelopment

Reading Courage Park Playground Redevelopment

AN EXCITING redevelopment of the children’s playground in Courage Park is underway, with a wide range of engaging and accessible equipment for local children of varying ages being installed this month. The work forms part of Reading Borough Council’s regeneration of the area. Closed since mid-December to allow work to begin, the park’s old play […]

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Green Space Protection Proposed For 80 Areas Locally

Green Space Protection Proposed For 80 Areas Locally

Almost 80 areas of green space have been proposed for special protection from development by Wokingham Borough Council. The authority is consulting on a revised growth strategy for its new Local Plan, a document which will determine where new homes and amenities like roads and schools should go between now and 2038. As part of […]

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Reading Green Waste Scheme Suspended Due To Covid Pressures

Reading Green Waste Scheme Suspended Due To Covid Pressures

THE impact of COVID-19 pressures on workforce means the pause in green waste collections in Reading will remain in place temporarily. The annual Christmas pause in collections began two weeks early on Monday 13 December to focus stretched resources on important residual waste, recycling and food waste over the festive period. Reading Green Waste Scheme […]

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Palmer Park Construction Update & Drone Footage

Palmer Park Construction Update & Drone Footage

PROGRESS on the major work to construct a modern 25 metre, 6-lane community pool at Palmer Park has been captured in drone footage on New Year’s Day. The stunning footage captured during the morning sunrise, shows the latest progress on the Palmer Park construction site, with the outline of the new pool and the steel […]

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Nits On Ancient Mummies Shed Light On South American Ancestry

Nits On Ancient Mummies Shed Light On South American Ancestry

Human DNA can be extracted from the ‘cement’ head lice used to glue their eggs to hairs thousands of years ago, scientists have found, which could provide an important new window into the past. In a new study, scientists for the first time recovered DNA from cement on hairs taken from mummified remains that date […]

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