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Unhappy Meacher on Yorkshire visit

Monday 17 February 2003

ENVIRONMENT Minister Michael Meacher, subject to media speculation that he is on the point of resignation, is to visit Yorkshire this Thursday to present a major conservation award to a "green" office development created by a local farmer.

Mr Meacher, who is said to be very unhappy with some of the Government's recent announcements on massive house building and airport developments on green-field sites, is to visit the futuristic Carlshead business project near Wetherby.

Farmer Gareth Gaunt has converted his traditional stone barns into state-of-art office accommodation heated by wood from willow trees he grows on the farm - an experiment being watched with great interest as one possible way of Britain reducing its dependency on non-fossil renewable energy sources.

Sadly, a large-scale plan to open a willow-burning power station near Selby was abandoned last year for reasons not yet fully explained.


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