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

Parks & Open Spaces

Creating a 21st century commons
New Start
Who should own and manage our woodlands, waterways and green spaces? Our responses to this question seems to depend on which bit of our environment we are talking about, and who we think will be the likely beneficiaries.

Last year Defraís consultation on the transfer of our canals and waterways to... more


Design Your Neighbourhood
Design Council
If you are a community group you can apply now to get free professional expertise to improve design in your neighbourhood.

Local communities know their neighbourhoods best.† We know that they are full of enthusiasm and ideas for ways to make their neighbourhoods look and feel better and we are her... more

Health & Sport

Thousands of Northamptonshire children to benefit from new sports funding
Chronicle & Echo
A school sports scheme which attracted around 1,000 young athletes at its inaugural running has secured funding for another three years.

The Northamptonshire School Games, which was held at Moulton College in July, saw children from all corners of the county take part in 17 different sports.

And... more

Children & Young People

Do Children Need Risky Play?
Decoded Science
Child development experts around the world are alarmed at the reduction in free play allowed children at home, school,†and in the community.†† Simultaneously, schools are pressured to provide more physical exercise within the school day to counteract rising rates of obesity and diabetes.... more
Digital photography helps wired kids plug into nature
The Star
Digital photography may be the key to encouraging a generation of wired kids to unplug their screens long enough to head outdoors and connect with the natural world. Or at least thatís the key finding to emerge from a recent study conducted by a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in Dul... more

Nature & Environment

Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction
BSI Group
Trees are important elements of green infrastructure, contributing to urban cooling through evapotranspiration and providing micro-climatic effects that can reduce energy demands in buildings. They therefore represent a key resource that can significantly contribute to climate change adaptation.... more
A Closer Look at Street Trees and Wealth
Urban Times
The numerous advantages of urban street trees are too often overlooked. Just as trees play an integral part in the natural ecosystem, they play critical roles in the urban ecosystem. The benefits of street trees are many-fold and include the improvement of traffic and pedestrian safety on roadways, ... more