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Birmingham City Council is to scrap an outdoor education service for children

Council-owned residential centres including Stansfeld Centre near Oxford, Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia, Bockleton near Bewdley and Bell Heath near Belbroughton, Worcestershire, are now likely to go on the market

Birmingham City Council is to scrap an outdoor education service for children – putting 13 farms, cottages, country retreats and gardens at risk of closure.

Council-owned residential centres including Stansfeld Centre near Oxford, Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia, Bockleton near Bewdley and Bell Heath near Belbroughton, Worcestershire, are now likely to go on the market.

Ash tree disease crisis summit held at Holyrood

From the BBC

About 50 interested parties have met at Holyrood to discuss the best way of stemming the spread of Chalara ash dieback.

The fungal disease, which threatens to devastate the UK's ash tree population, has been found at 14 Scottish sites.

Representatives from organisations such as the Woodland Trust spent an hour discussing how to manage the outbreak.

The Scottish government hopes to develop a "control strategy" by the end of November.

 
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