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

Parks & Open Spaces

A Future for Our Green Spaces
Huffington Post
Imagine you're about to move to a sizeable town or city anywhere in the UK. What would you expect to find in a good place to live? Good jobs and schools, obviously. You'd want to be able to get around easily so you'd look for an efficient public transport and road network. You'd expect all the local... more


Community right to challenge: what it means for your organisation
The community right to challenge (CRC) could be the trigger for more local authority services to be delivered by organisations other than councils and may become a powerful tool to open up public services markets in line with the government's vision in the Open Public Services 2012.

Ushered in by ... more

Photographic Competition 2012
Northamptonshire County Council
If you're a keen photographer, of any age, then our 'Capturing Northamptonshire' photographic competition is just for you!

We're looking for 12 photos which show the best of Northamptonshire.  These photos will then be used to produce our 2013 calendar, which will go on sale later this year.

The... more


All Our Stories
Heritage Lottery Fund
All Our Stories is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With our funding and support you could plan activities that help you explore, share and celebrate yours.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has developed All Our Stories in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story –... more

The Big Tree Plant Funding Scheme
Forestry Commission
The main aim of The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is to encourage and support community groups to plant trees in neighbourhoods where people live and work. The scheme can fund work such as community involvement, site surveys and expert advice as well as trees, planting materials, labour, and tree ca... more
Green Space Fund
The GreenSpace Fund is an exciting new funding concept for those seeking to make a difference to their local environment and community.

The Green Places Fund aims to ensure public green space continues to benefit local communities and is not put at risk from significant spending cuts. It will empo... more

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme 'too complex to have real impact'
Civil Society
The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) is welcome, but will only be effective if it is made less complex according to a coalition of charity sector umbrella bodies in their response to the consultation on the measure.... more

Health & Sport

Street footballers get ready for kick off at half-term festival
Northampton Borough Council
With the European Championships only a few weeks away over 200 young footballers from all over Northampton will be getting together to compete in this year's June Street Football Festival.

The five-a-side tournament, organised by Northampton Leisure Trust's Street Football Project, will kick off o... more

Children & Young People

A Future for Our Green Spaces
Young people need and deserve opportunities for recreation, regardless of their social background, that are easily accessible, safe and welcoming. This is the message that GreenSpace put in the draft response to the Department of Education’s Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on Services and A... more


Help OPAL scientists with valuable research, learn new skills, have fun
Opal Explore Nature
OPAL is running six surveys across England to learn more about the state of our environment, and we’d like everyone to get involved.

Surveys explore the health of our soils, the quality of our air and water, the distribution of invertebrates, the importance of hedges, and the ways in which we affe... more

Butlins 'redcoats' to turn green
Dozens of existing “Redcoat” guides are currently being fitted out in new colours and given new roles at Butlins’ beachside resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness.

They are working alongside local Wildlife Trusts to devise ways to help guests at the resort explore the seaside and discover ... more

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