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

Parks & Open Spaces

Councils will have 'no money' for main services by 2020
Financial estimates carried out for the leaders of every major local authority in England and Wales show that funding for services used by millions of people will be shrunk by up to 90 per cent by 2020.

Heavy cuts in public spending combined with a soaring bill for care for the elderly and legal c... more

Tree Management Toolkit
Neighbourhoods Green
Trees are a crucial element of the natural environment. They also provide a range of social and economic benefits, contributing to quality of life.

Housing providers are significant land owners and ... more

Jubilee Tree Packs
Woodland Trust
Royal Jubilees are always a great excuse for a party. This Jubilee, you can celebrate and have fun with your community in a way that leaves a lasting legacy by planting a free pack of trees from the Woodland Trust.... more


Northampton embraces Love Your Local Market campaign
Northampton Borough Council
Northampton is one of 300 markets taking part in the national Love Your Local Market campaign inspired by Mary Portas.

The two-week campaign runs from 23 June until 8 July and aims to attract new market traders and highlight the importance markets play in the local community and as the focal point... more

Groundwork wins GeoVation funding
Groundwork London has won funding from Ordnance Survey to build a new online tool which could see more green spaces brought into use for communities.

The idea called, ‘Residents’ Green Space Mapper’, will give residents the chance to improve their estates by working with social landlords to survey... more

Community Right to Challenge comes into force
Communities & Local Government
From today [27 June] more communities will be able to bid to take over local services they think they can run differently and better as the Community Right to Challenge provisions come into effect.

The Community Right to Challenge hands more power back to communities, allowing voluntary and commun... more

Neighbourhood Planning
Forum for Neighbourhood Planning
Are you interested in shaping your local area? Deciding where new homes, shops and other facilities will go and what they will look like?

The Localism Act allows communities to do just that through the introduction of Neighbourhood Development Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders. This websi... more

Can You Plan It
Community Matters
‘Can you Plan It’ is a fun, accessible resource to assist Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, and specifically those working with children and young people, to involve service users, stakeholders and a range of staff members in the business planning process.... more

Children & Young People

From Awareness to Action 
Save Childhood Movement
The Save Childhood Movement is a growing collaboration of individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about the profound erosion of childhood that has occurred over the last few decades. This erosion has resulted in a modern generation of children that are disconnected not only from thei... more


Great news for the Nene Valley!
Wild Life Trust
Director of Living Landscapes Chris Gerrard gives his views on why the Nene Valley being named as the first 12 National Improvement Areas is great news for Northamptonshire.

The announcement that the Nene Valley is to be one of the first 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIA) is great news, both for th... more

Floating islands provide wildlife sanctuaries
Northamptonshire Telegraph
Nesting birds and other wildlife are set to benefit from 60 floating islands commissioned by Anglian Water at Pitsford Water reservoir.

The two-metre islands are plant-filled rafts anchored by adjustable cables and weights and each one provides shelter for birds to nest, as well as vital protectio... more