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

Parks & Open Spaces

Plans put forward for Northampton park’s pavilion
Chronicle & Echo
Three proposals have been put forward to make use of the ground floor of a pavilion in a Northampton park which has been empty for six years.

The Friends of Northampton Racecourse (FoNR) has organised a series of public meetings where people were able to see ideas put forward by local organisation... more

Calls for Northampton’s parks to all have toilets
Chronicle & Echo
Calls have been made for Northampton Borough Council to re-open toilets in the town’s most popular parks.

Currently Abington Park is the only park in Northampton to have public toilets, with visitors to all the other green spaces in the town having to instead dash to nearby shops or cafes if natur... more

Campaign calls for urban parks inquiry
Horticulural Week
HW has this week launched acampaign calling for a newselect committee inquiryinto urban parks.The action is prompted bythe fears of professionals thatdisproportionate cuts tourban parks services are drivinghorticultural skills fromthe sector while threateningto usher in, once again, a spiralof decli... more
Welcome to the Fields in Trust Toolkit
Fields in Trust
This toolkit is a one stop guide to help you ensure the success and sustainability of your outdoor spaces. It includes technical advice, funding and finance, working with volunteers and communities, and more general resources.

The Toolkit provides handy PDF downloads, signposting to other useful w... more


Free tree saplings for county schools and community groups
Daily Telegraph
Throughout the Jubilee year, the Woodland Trust is offering free tree saplings to schools and communities across the UK.

Thousands of trees have already been planted across Northamptonshire as part of the scheme, but there is still time to get involved.

A variety of inspiring pack themes are ava... more

Nature & Environment

England's 'natural capital' findings to be revealed
The Guardian
The state of England's natural world and the sustainability of its society and the economy is due be published on Tuesday, tracking everything from bees, butterflies and birds to long-term unemployment, social mobility in adulthood, and knowledge and skills.

The revised set of sustainable developm... more


Voluntary organisations - managing low risk
Health & Safety Executive
The work of voluntary organisations and individual volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our everyday lives.

Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations from running events and people from volunteering.

Health and safety law is not a barrier to volunteering activ... more