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

Parks & Open Spaces

New skatepark set to open in Northampton on Saturday
Chronicle & Echo
A new skatepark which has cost £250,000 to build is set to open in Northampton this weekend, giving action sports lovers a new home to perfect and demonstrate their skills.

Northampton Radlands Plaza in Midsummer Meadow, funded by Northampton Borough Council, is set to become a national-class skat... more

Remains of Northampton castle could be revealed
Chronicle & Echo
It is hoped a glimpse of Northampton’s lost medieval castle could be unearthed by a team of archaeologists at the ?weekend.

The Friends of Northampton Castle have organised a dig of the former castle site, next to the town’s railway station, which will take place all weekend.... more

Historians raise concerns at sports pitch plan
Chronicle & Echo
Historians have revealed concerns about the impact proposed sports pitches off Eagle Drive could have on a “nationally significant heritage site”.

Last week, cabinet members at Northampton Borough Council approved plans which could see the transfer of the land, off Eagle Drive, Delapre, as part of... more

Health & Sport

Inactivity 'killing as many as smoking'
A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world, a study suggests.

The report, published in the Lancet to coincide with the build-up to the Olympics, estimates that about a third of adults are not doing enough physical activity, causing 5.3m deaths a year.

That equat... more

Physical Activity
The Lancet
As London counts down the final days before the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games, The Lancet publishes a Series on physical activity, including a new analysis that quantifies the global impact of physical inactivity on the world's major non-communicable diseases. The Series will also review curre... more

Children & Young People

On Adventure Playgrounds & Mutli-Use Destinations
Projects for Public Spaces
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I don’t think I ever once used a “play structure.” I can still vividly remember the playground at my elementary school, with its castles, pirate ships, Amazonian treehouse cities, secret lairs, and rivers of lava. My friends and I never thought of the wo... more

Nature & Environment

Green streets can cut pollution, says study
The creation of "green walls" in urban areas could cut pollution by up to 30%, scientists have suggested.

UK researchers say more trees and other vegetation at street level would clean air in areas that are normally exposed to higher pollution levels.

Plants in towns and cities have been shown t... more

New Bill introduced to tackle roadside litter
A new Private Member’s Bill proposes to tackle roadside litter once and for all after the Government dithers over taking real action.

Conservative Peer Lord Marlesford will today introduce a Private Member’s Bill to the House of Lords which will close the loophole that allows people who litter fro... more


It's all about you - five reasons why you might want to volunteer
When many people consider doing something for charity they tend to think it's all about doing good for others. But for the vast majority giving time is much about what you get out of it as well as what you put in.

Here we've highlighted a few reasons why volunteering is also all about you…... more