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

Parks & Open Spaces

Abington Park aviary given £91,000 overhaul
Chronicle & Echo
The Abington Park aviaries will be relaunched next week following an overhaul which has seen the bird sheds replaced and new feeding stations installed at a cost to the taxpayer of £91,080.

Work to renovate the aviaries, which are a popular attraction for visitors to Abington Park, began in late M... more

University Eyes up Possible Relocation
Herald & Post
The University of Northampton could be on the move.

It has expressed an interest in a site as a potential location for a new campus which would see it move from Broughton Green Road and St George’s Avenue in Northampton to the Waterside Enterprise Zone, near the River Nene.

In a statement the un... more

Your Space is our photo competition aimed at celebrating your favourite green spaces, and people enjoying them.
National Trust
The winner will spend a bespoke day with top landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, plus a two night stay in a National Trust holiday cottage. The three runners up, will each spend a day with Charlie at one of our places, complete with lunch and a behind the scenes tour – a prize fund of over £1,500... more


Wanted: new kids on the blog!
Heritage Open Days
Do you take part in Heritage Open Days and have a knack for words? Do you love discovering places and telling stories? Are you passionate about heritage and keen to inspire? Then we’d like to hear from you.

We are recruiting five new volunteers with a flair for creative writing to join our team of... more


Apply for a UK Grant
Comic Relief
We can give grants ranging between one and three years.

We will fund both Revenue and Capital costs. Examples of Revenue costs are salaries and hire of facilities. Examples of Capital costs are computers and office equipment. We give building costs a low priority.

We recognise that a true reflec... more

Awards for All
Awards for All
Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000.

The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.... more

Children & Young People

Outdoor play is becoming more popular
First News
It’s cheap, healthy and helps you learn about nature – outdoor play is increasing in popularity as families take more care with their spending.

Children are finding different ways to play and it means fewer DVDs, games, and trips to the cinema and theme parks, and more days out to local parks, the... more

Great ideas for pond dipping
Woodland Trust
All you need for a really great pond dipping experience... more


Red Tape Challenge
Cabinet Office
The civil society sector is central to the Government’s ambition for a stronger society. But we know that red tape can make it extremely difficult and frustrating to start and run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation.

Much has already been done. In May 2011 the Civil Society Red... more

Giving time
Waitrose is rolling out its Partner Volunteering scheme across all branches.

The scheme will see 75,000 Partner hours being invested in 2012, across all Waitrose branches including Convenience, Welcome Break and Shell. Bracknell head office and Regional Distribution Centres will also be allocated ... more