Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

  1. No government-funded trees planted in Weymouth and Portland in eight years

    No government-funded trees have been planted in Weymouth and Portland between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

    Weymouth and Portland was among about a third of English districts that did not get any government-funded trees. Almost all of these were urban areas and the government has promised to spend £10m planting trees in towns and cities.

    Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

    Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

    Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

    Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

    The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

    Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

    This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

  2. Final steps to restore Castle Cove beach access

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    Video caption: Set of steps to be built to re-establish safe access to Castle Cove Beach by Easter 2019

    The Friends of Castle Cove Beach charity group has chosen a local contractor to construct steps to a secluded Dorset beach near Weymouth - the project will cost £34,000

  3. Christchurch council applies to appeal over Dorset merger plan

    A local council has applied for permission to appeal after failing in its bid to halt authorities in Dorset being merged at the High Court.

    Christchurch Borough Council

    Christchurch Borough Council formally opposed plans to replace the county's nine councils with two authorities.

    It believed it had "an arguable case against the Secretary of State", but its challenge was rejected at the High Court on Tuesday.

    It has now made an application for leave to appeal against the judgement.