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Despite a drop in the number of reports of littering residents have noted that during the summer holidays certain areas in the borough become rubbish hotspots.

Havering Council is on the hunt for a mysterious person or persons unknown who have begun illegally cutting down trees in a secluded forest area in Noak Hill.

City Hall's environment committee has called on airspace decision-makers to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Londoners over the commercial interests of City Airport.

Thousands of households living under London City Airport's flight path are set to receive postcards as part of a campaign to prevent the weekend aircraft ban being lifted.

A Hornchurch IT consultant has revealed the destruction wreaked on his home by builders who disappeared after he paid them £44,000 for a botched extension job.

Havering has been ranked as the worst borough for cycling and healthy streets by a new scorecard which measures how well boroughs are meeting the Mayor of London's targets.

Fourteen parks in Havering have been awarded a special accolade that recognises that they are some of the best in the world.

Havering councillors have voted against declaring a climate emergency but accepted a motion for the council to renew its policies regarding environmental protection.

Campaigners are calling for Havering Council to join schools and other local authorities in declaring a climate emergency.

More than 100 cream teas were sold at this year's Summer Flower Show in Elm Park.

An international campaign that protests against climate change has launched a new faction in Havering after parliament declared a climate emergency.

A young scouting group took to the woods in Harold Hill to clean up their area and make it a nicer environment for the wildlife.

Three fly-tippers have been ordered to pay back more than £230,000 after they illegally dumped waste in a "highly-organised" operation in Barking, Havering and Essex.

The mayor of London has called on the government to stop permitting the building of a waste incinerator in Bexley following a Havering MP's campaign to get the plans rejected.

As part of his campaign against proposals for a new waste incinerator Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas visited an energy park to find out how air quality in Rainham might be impacted by the plans.

A food waste disposal company is calling on east London boroughs to work towards increasing their recycling rates this Global Recycling Day.

By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas is calling on residents to sign his petition opposing plans to build a large energy park in Bexley.

As many as 530 children were living with domestic abuse in Havering last year.

A company which specialises in improving environments has announced a £500,000 dredging campaign aiming to improve an area alongside the river Thames in Rainham.

When the needles start dropping like rain it's probably time to think about saying goodbye to the Christmas tree.

Flushing cooking oil from the Christmas turkey might just cause a festive monster fatberg in the sewers under the streets, Thames Water is warning.

Fatbergs have caused more than 2,000 sewer blockages this year.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to "toxic fumes" billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

A pregnant woman from Romford and her partner were shocked to discover rat babies nesting in their car following an infestation of the rodents in their building.

Hornchurch, Upminster and Romford are part of a large area that has been earmarked for conservation and community projects.

A habitat creation scheme hopes to bring a new haven of wildlife to the Rainham Marshes with the creation of more than 5km2 of continuous habitats.

A small stretch of a busy road in Romford Town Centre has been cordoned off for months after council workers discovered a sinkhole under the road, the Recorder can reveal.

A man from Middlesex has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 to the courts after being caught on film dumping waste on private land in Romford.

A primary school known for promoting healthy lifestyles has received a special award for championing sustainable modes of travel.

The cockney sparrow could be making a comeback.

A resident has grown a massive pumpkin at a Havering-atte-Bower garden that is said to be 10ft in circumference.

A partnership scheme that aims to improve habitats for wildlife by restoring the River Rom is encouraging residents to get involved.

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