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

Parks & Open Spaces

New Friends web site
Friends of Eastfield Park
Friends of Eastfield Park have launched their new web site providing a wide range of information on what they do.... more
Groundwork UK at Chelsea
Broadcaster Chris Beardshaw will be linking up with the charity Groundwork UK to promote gardening and greening up our towns and cities. This is one of a series of gardens Chris is designing for all the 2012 RHS flower shows - the idea is to focus minds on not just gardens, but all the green space a... more
Love Parks Week event registration is now live!
Along with a bunch of other new pages, the event registration is now live on the Love Parks Week site and we are pleased to say that the events are already adding up!

The event registration is now much easier with all events being fully searchable... more

Share the love from 21st to the 29th of July 2012
Love Parks Week
Your park needs to be healthy to provide maximum benefit to you, your community and the environment. Assess the health of your nearest local park with our Park Health Check. Community groups have the chance to win free Bosch gardening equipment…... more
Bicycle madness to descend on Northampton
The Hunsbury Herald
Bicycle madness is set to come to Northampton later this year.A team of cycle enthusiasts from the town are hand-building a traditional circus attraction to showcase a series of cycling stunts.The Ministry of Bicycles group will be launching the Bomberdrome in Northampton at an as yet unnamed date in the earl... more
Art on the streets on Northampton
Chronicle & Echo
Bold, brightly coloured and full of striking images, a street gallery of photos has been causing Northampton shoppers to stop short in their tracks in recent weeks.

The 24 vivid images, which each measure 1.8 by 1.2 metres, have been placed throughout Abington Street and outside All Saints Church ... more

Who are we
The Chewing Gum Action Group
The Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) was set up in 2003 as part of a joint initiative, with the aim of achieving a long-term solution to irresponsible chewing gum disposal.

CGAG is chaired by Defra and brings together representatives from Keep Britain Tidy, Local Government Asso... more


Mayor honours citizens at heart of the community
Anne Ward has worked hard to turn a rubbish-filled, neglected area on the edge of Northampton into a beautiful, thriving natural habitat. She has organised activities and bid for grants to clear tonnes of rubbish, replace benches, put in a pond dipping platform and improve accessibility to the Recto... more
The Rough Guide to Community Energy: A free book about running community energy projects
ZeroWaste Northampton
What can we do to create sustainability in our own communities? How can local people work together to save or generate energy and tackle climate change? The Rough Guide to Community Energy has the answers. Packed full of practical advice and inspiring case studies.... more
The big lunch: community development on a plate
The Guardian
On Sunday 3 June 2012, we're all invited to get together for lunch with our neighbours, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday. The Big Lunch is a proven, low-cost way for housing providers to build community spirit and better neighbourhood relations. There are clear, bottom line business benefits too... more


BIG 2 Bonanza
Northampton University
Following the success of 'Big Ideas Bonanza' last November, we are back with the second round of Bonanza - 'BIG 2'. We are inviting individuals and organisations from across Northamptonshire to come forward and submit their ideas on how to tackle social inequalities.

The most promising application... more

Health & Sport

Street Football
New 2012 Street Football timetable... more
10 great reasons to walk
Natural England
There are a million good reasons to walk. Here we select 10 of the best.

1. You don’t have to be fit to start walking2.  Walking is free3. You don’t need special equipment4. You can do it anywhere 5. There is a health walk scheme near you6. 'Great medicine' for several health conditions7. Many sch... more

Children & Young People

Children's Outdoor Play & Learning Environments: Returning to Nature
White Hutchinson
It is unfortunate that children can't design their outdoor play environments. Research on children's preferences shows that if children had the design skills to do so, their creations would be completely different from the areas called playgrounds that most adults design for them. Outdoor spaces des... more
Gardening 'makes children happy and teaches new skills'
Taking part in gardening can make a child feel happy and boost their development, research suggests.

The study of 1,300 teachers and 10 schools was commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

It found children in schools that encouraged gardening became more resilient, confident and l... more


Pollution levels fall at former trouble spots across Northampton
Chronicle & Echo
Pollution levels in four previously blighted areas of Northampton have dropped so much, officials have said special measures to control dangerous gasses are now no longer needed.

There are currently a total of 11 ‘Air Quality Management Areas’ in Northampton.

The special zones were introduced in... more

Shelter belts and farming in a time of drought
Woodland Matters
In times of drought, native trees planted as shelter belts can help farmers support crop yields.

A review of the impact of shelter on arable and pasture crops has been undertaken for the Woodland Trust by Louise Donnison at Harper Adams University College. Pulling together studies from UK agricult... more