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More than 200km of hedgerow has been planted or brought into management this year, and 1682ha of woodland opened for access, says the DETR. A forest bigger than Barnsley, Yorks, will have been planted by 2000 if planting rates continue.

BAA aims to increase flights from 120,000 to 185,000 a year and passengers from 8 million to 15 million by 2008 with its new Stanstead extension designed by Pascall & Watson.

The Albert Memorial spire has 6500 pieces of leadwork and 700 pieces of ironwork. The four-year restoration ended this week and cost £11.2 million compared to a budget estimate of £14 million, says QS Dearle & Henderson Consulting. The project team included Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins Architects.

The black rat which brought bubonic plague to Britain is an endangered species with a breeding population of just 1000 isolated on Lundy Island and the Outer Hebrides, a Bristol University study has found.

More than 500 energy-saving projects by the 14 public electricity suppliers are forecast to cut bills by £410 million and CO2 emissions by more than 6 million tonnes, says the Energy Saving Trust.

Temperatures may rise up to 3degreesC by 2099, says the UK Climate Impacts Programme. A summer as hot as 1997 ( with the second hottest August on record) could happen four times a decade by 2080.

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