Local & National News on all things community and/or out doors (and some in)
10 Feb 2012

Parks & Open Spaces

Gardens at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire restored
Work to repair the stone walls and rockeries in the grounds of an 850-year-old abbey in Northampton is just weeks from completion.

Volunteers have spent four months restoring the gardens of Delapre Abbey on London Road.

It follows £40,000 of work on the estate's water garden as part of a project... more

Councillors to discuss new Wootton Rec play equipment plans
Hunsbury Herald
Plans to erect new play equipment at Wootton Rec are set to be discussed by the parish council.

The budget for and location of the equipment will be discussed at Wootton & East Hunsbury Parish Council’s full council meeting next Wednesday (February 15).... more

A selection of the best pictures sent in by Chron readers
Chronicle & Echo
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Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself
Anyone can clear snow and ice from the pavement outside their home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls. Follow the snow code to clear snow and ice safely.... more
How to have a Big Jubilee Lunch
Big Jubilee Lunch
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, fri... more
Events in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire County Council
Welcome to Northamptonshire

Your official guide to everything Northamptonshire has to offer.... more

What is the big society?
The Guardian
We asked a range of people, including a government minister, a council leader and a business consultant, to explain what David Cameron's flagship policy means to them... more


St Crispin Football facility
Transform Your Patch
At this site in Northampton, Transform Your Patch funding will support the transformation of the space into a football facility providing goal posts and surfacing.... more
Green Funds
Green Funders
The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is an informal network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues. Our mission is to increase the overall level of financial support for environmental causes and to help environmental philanthropy to be as eff... more
Government invests £30 million to modernise local charity support services
Cabinet Office
The beneficiaries of a new £30 million fund to help transform and modernise local charity support services have been announced today by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society.

More than seventy partnerships of local support and development organisations across England have received grants to transf... more

Government gives £10m to youth groups
Third Sector
The Communities and Local Government department will give £10m to the umbrella body Youth United to fund the recruitment and training of 2,700 new volunteers at groups including Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys’ Brigade and St John Ambulance.

The money is expected to allow the organisations to set up 400... more

The National Lottery Awards
National Lottery
The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise an amazing £30 million each week for projects all across the UK, and the Awards are a great way to highlight how that funding is transforming communities and changing lives.

It’s YOUR chance to t... more

Seventy-two partnerships will share £30m from Transforming Local Infrastructure
Third Sector
Joe Irvin of Navca says the organisation will be helping those members whose applications were unsuccessful.

Seventy-two partnerships made up of local voluntary sector support groups have received funds from the Office for Civil Society’s £30m Transforming Local Infrastructure fund, set up to help... more

Health & Sport

Prescribing Green Space
Experts from the health sector come together at a GreenSpace conference to reveal exactly how important parks and green spaces are to public health.... more
This year, anyone can be a sporting hero
Sport Makers
Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part – sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become one of 40,000 Sport Makers and you’ll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you’ll be... more
Half term street football festival set to kick off in Northampton
Northampton Borough Council
More than two hundred young people from across Northampton will kick off the half term with a street football festival at The Racecourse.

The five-a-side tournaments, organised by the Northampton Leisure Trust Street Football Project, will take pla... more

Holiday Programme
Northampton Borough Council
Holiday programme 13 to 17 February at Northampton Sports Centres... more

Children & Young People

Have your say on sustainabbility
We're working with the Young People's Trust for the Environment to offer a truly unique prize. If you are aged between 10 and 18, you could win a day trip to Brussels to discuss your views with Members of the European Parliament, an ipod shuffle and a return ticket for a family of four to Paris or B... more
Resources for families
Free Range Kids
Whether you're looking for ideas for children's games or advice about planning a walking or cycling trip or even a street party, these activity sheets are a great starting point for helping your family to become more free range.... more
Charter for childrens play

The Charter for Children's Play sets out a vision for play, plus the basic principles of what play means for children.

It aims to be a catalyst for individuals and organisations to examine and impro... more

Simple ways to create a backyard for play
Let the children play
Our backyard is no longer toddler or preschooler friendly. My boys spend their time there mucking around in the pool or finding new and improved ways to terrify their mother on th... more
Shaping Neighbourhoods
Rethinking Childhood
The Mayor of London has today released draft revised planning guidance for outdoor play, entitled Shaping Neighbourhoods: Children and Young People’s Play and Informal Recreation. The document shows that London’s decision-makers continue to take seriously the play needs of the capital’s children and... more


Caroline Spelman refuses to deny plans to slash environmental regulations
The Guardian
The environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, has refused to deny that the Cabinet Office is proposing to rip up of thousands of pages of environmental regulations and guidance as part of the government's "red tape challenge". The proposal, revealed by the Guardian, is understood to be led by Oliver ... more
No kerbs, pavements or nanny-state signs: Britain's longest clutter-free street is unveiled to make things SAFER
Daily Mail
Britain’s longest ‘clutter-free’ street was opened today with the aim of making cars and people co-exist harmoniously – without the need for hectoring signs and protective steel barriers.

Indeed, the newly revamped Exhibition Road in the heart of London’s museum quarter in Kens... more

Sir David Attenborough hits back at Lord Lawson over Frozen Planet climate change row
The television presenter and the former Chancellor of the Exchequer are at loggerheads over the impacts of climate change.

Lord Lawson said the latest Attenborough BBC series Frozen Planet sensationalised the risks of global warming by claiming melting ice could already be causing a decline in the... more

More than half the British countryside at risk of 'urban sprawl' if planning laws are relaxed, campaigners warn
Mail Online
Urban sprawl will threaten more than half of England's countryside under a proposed relaxation of the planning system, it was claimed today.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England issued the warning as it published detailed maps of areas vulnerable to development.

They mark 55... more

Tesco trials new packaging to reduce food waste
The Guardian
Tesco is the latest supermarket to trial new packaging that will keep fruit and vegetables fresher, in a bid to reduce food waste.

It will become the first retailer to see how the packaging performs in prolonging the freshness of tomatoes and avoca... more

New 'Virtual Skip' App Helps People Re-Use and Recycle Unwanted Goods
With the launch of the new vSkips app, the developers hope that they can simplify and speed up the process of “reuse and recycle” for consumers, helping to dramatically cut the amount of items needlessly sent to landfill in the UK every year.... more
It’s Big, it’s Back, it’s GardenWatch 2012!
Wildlife Trust
Help us record the wildlife in your garden

- get all the family to join in. Starting with the common toad, over the next two months, let us know if you spot any of these amphibious visitors.

Last year, GardenWatch was a great success with over 2,500 records being submitted on everything from bad... more


Orange RockCorps Collective
Give 4 hours volunteering anytime, anywhere in the UK with the Orange RockCorps Collective, and Get Given great music rewards including gig vouchers and exclusive access to gigs around the country.... more
Employee Action Days
Employee Action Days are hands-on practical conservation days for teams and are an excellent way for your employees to discover first-hand some of the benefits that BTCV strives to deliver. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and offer a range of activities to suit all abilities and fitness levels... more

Training & Courses

Play and Health seminar
Play England
A one day conference which brings together the evidence and academic research between play and health and the positive outcomes it brings for children and young people.... more