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

Parks & Open Spaces

Work due to get underway on £250k skate park in Northampton
Chronicle & Echo
WORK is set to start on a new £250,000 skatepark at Midsummer Meadow in Northampton.

The project, funded by Northampton Borough Council, won the backing of local skaters and others who formed the Skatepark Action Group which attracted almost 1,000 supporters as well as a message of support from To... more

The birth of the modern playground
Daily Mail
The giant wooden plank in Kettering that was the world's first children's slide built 90 years ago (and the man who made this also invented the modern swing)

Historians have uncovered photos of the world’s first children’s slide – it was built 90 years ago this week from a giant plank of wood with... more

Bid to replenish wild flower meadows
The Telegrapg
The Royal Horticultural Society has distributed 2,000 packs of wild flower seeds to nearly 1,200 groups around the country.

They hope to have more than five acres of meadow sown with wildflowers in just a 48 hour period.

Pressure from agriculture and development, co... more

Walk [Your City]
Kick Starter
What? An open-sourced online resource for anyone to auto-magically create their own guerrilla wayfinding sign to export, print and install. (We hope to add community feedback/dialogue to the platform if there is strong enough support) 

Why? Walk Raleigh, our initial guerrilla (unsanctioned & self ... more


Jubilee fever arrives in Northampton as 17 street parties are already planned
Chronicle & Echo
JUBILEE fever is starting to sweep across Northampton with 17 street parties already set to go ahead during the celebratory weekend.

Northampton Borough Council has agreed for some roads in Duston, Kingsthorpe, Abington, Hunsbury, Great Houghton, Cliftonville and Rectory Farm to close following th... more

Take a walk into Northampton’s future!
Come along to Northampton Alive, a great opportunity to learn about the transformation of Northampton

Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th April 2012 at Northampton Guildhall

See an interactive 3D virtual model of Northampton town centre, showcasing some of the town’s key development projectsWalk throug... more

Rough Guide to Community Energy
Rough Guides
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
Chris Beardshaw - Urban Oasis interview
Landscape designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw visits Groundwork projects as part of his preparations for his Groundwork/RHS Urban Oasis garden and explains how good quality landscape design can change lives.... more


Finding Funding Faster means Speaking the Funders’ Language
Green Space
Before you launch into fundraising for your project, make sure that you have done everything you can to ensure that you have the best possible chance of succeeding: start by creating your vision and be crystal clear defining it. If you are applying for grants, you need this to build your case for fu... more

Health & Sport

Walking could be a useful tool in treating depression
Something as simple as going for a brisk stroll could play an important role in fighting depression, according to researchers in Scotland.

Vigorous exercise has already been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression, but the effect of less strenuous activities was unclear.

A study in the journal... more

Children & Young People

A guide to the 11¾ things to do before you're 50 (and I should know)
The Independent
the Trust has published 50 Things To Do Before You are 11¾, a list of jolly outdoor activities for children. There is an element of bias here. Playing outdoors is surely just as important for those of us who passed 11¾ some time ago. Here, turning the National Trust's formula on its head, are 11¾ th... more


Traffic pollution kills 5,000 a year in UK, says study
Road pollution is more than twice as deadly as traffic accidents, according to a study of UK air quality.

The analysis appears in Environmental Science and Technology, carried out by Steve Yim and Steven Barrett, pollution experts from MIT in Massachusetts.

They estimate that combustion exhausts... more

Waste must 'rebrand' to widen appeal - Kate Humble
edie Waste
TV broadcaster Kate Humble believes the waste industry has a crucial role to play in altering public perceptions around sustainable resource management. Related articlesUK network looks to protect sustainable standards UK needs to get tougher on landfill if it is to competeLocalism debate ignites ov... more
Water survey - join in now

How healthy is your local lake or pond?

Tell us about animal life in your local pond

By taking part in the OPAL water survey, you’ll help scientists learn more about how polluted our lakes and ponds actually are – something we know surprisingly little about.

Good water quality is essential for... more