PROSPECTS has a Tramper that people with mobility issues can borrow so that they can visit Woodnook Vale local nature reserve. The Tramper is on loan from Lancashire County Council.
Woodnook Vale offers 51 hectares of woodland, heathland and wetland either side of the steep-sided river Valley of Woodnook Water. Visitors to the area can learn about the industrial legacy, the Accrington to Bury section of railway line, wildlife and the Priestley Clough ancient woodland.
People wanting to try the Tramper will undergo induction training on the safe use of the Tramper, and be given a route to follow from PROSPECTS via Platts Lodge to Woodnook and a leaflet about the Woodnook Vale Local Nature Reserve area.
Roger Plum, Conservation in Hyndburn, at PROSPECTS said,” Try A Tramper is available nationally but this is the first time we have had one in Hyndburn. We have developed one route so far but we will be planning more routes so that people can explore Peel Park and The Coppice very soon. There is disabled parking outside PROSPECTS on Broadway.
“We have a walk on Saturday, 16th August when more Trampers will be available from Lancashire County Council. However, we will only have six so people need to reserve one in advance at PROSPECTS. People who already have an off-road mobility scooter are invited to join the guided walk.”
People unfamiliar with the Highway Code for Mobility Scooter Users can read a copy at www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/downloads/Mobility-Sample.pdf
The Tramper is a specially designed four wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass. It enables people who have difficulty walking to experience the countryside, woodlands and nature reserves; and to accompany their friends and families when out walking.
Anyone wanting to use the Tramper or find out more about using the Tramper with PROSPECTS can contact Roger Plum at The PROSPECTS Environment Centre, 54 Broadway, Accrington. Tel 230348 or email email@example.com
Closing dates for applications to the Windfall Fund announced
Friday 10th May 2013
Friday 5th July 2013
Friday 6th September 2013
Applications must be received by 5.00pm on the closing dates to be eligible for consideration
NEW ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM PROSPECTS FOUNDATION
The Windfall Fund will be launched at our new premises on Broadway in Accrington on Saturday 13th April 2013 from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
The Windfall Fund is a community benefit fund that has been established from proceeds from the new 12 turbine wind farm on Oswaldtwistle Moor. It is being provided by EnergieKontor and managed by Prospects Foundation on their behalf.
Community groups throughout Hyndburn will be able to apply to the Fund for environmental projects within the Borough. Groups will have to be formally constituted and have their own bank account to be able to apply.
Come along to the launch and find out more about our 6 themes of environmental sustainability (Biodiversity, Energy, Sustainable Transport, Waste & Recycling, Local Food and Raising Environmental Awareness) and how your group/organisation might be able to benefit.
Application forms, criteria and guidance notes will be available to download from 13th April 2013 and the first closing date for applications will be Friday 10th May 2013.
So start planning and come along to the launch to find out more!
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note new telephone number 01254 230348
The PROSPECTS movement in Hyndburn will now have its own dedicated Environmental Centre!
Based in Accrington town centre at the top end of Broadway, the PROSPECTS Environmental Centre will house an information desk and a Training / Meeting room on the ground floor. There will be new activities for people to join in, and the chance to talk to someone about volunteering opportunities on environmental projects, or to discuss your own idea.
Callers are welcome after 8th April 2013, between 10am and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Watch this website for regular updates on what is happening at the Centre.
Prospects are pleased to announce that the new 'Windfall Fund' Co-ordinator has been appointed and will start work at Prospects on Monday 7th January.
Alison Silver will be working to set up and promote the new Windfall fund that has been established from proceeds of the new 12-turbine Oswaldtwistle windfarm.
The new 'Windfall fund' is a community benefit fund that is being provided by Energie Kontor and managed by Prospects on their behalf. Community groups throughout Hyndburn will be able to apply to the fund towards environmental projects within the borough.
Alison will be initially be working to establish the parameters and guidelines for applications to the new fund and these will then be promoted throughout the borough.
For more information, or to speak to Alison, please contact the Prospects office on 01254 230348.
Click on the logo to visit the Energie Kontor website
In total nearly 200 people attended the Festival and ranged from all ages including Under 16 year olds and over 60 year olds.
The varied walks have taught all the attendees a great deal of knowledge they were not aware of before and given them some great ideas on what they can do to help nature and be environmentally friendly. By also showing them areas of their local area they didn't perhaps know about they have also learned to appreciate what is right on their doorstep.
The most popular walks proved to be the Great Harwood Martholme walk, the Great Harwood Food Forage and the Ladybird Trail in Church.
Planning is now under way for the Nature Walks Festival 2011.
To view more information about this years festival click HERE
The new fund, which will be in excess of £100,000 per year, is to be known as Windfall and, as PROSPECTS expect to be able to obtain match funding, around £5 million will be available over 25 years to the people of Hyndburn once the wind farm is constructed. PROSPECTS hopes that more people will get involved with the PROSPECTS Panels and other community and schools groups to help improve the communities in which we live for current and future generations.
The fund will enable PROSPECTS to employ a new project officer to help interested groups to develop their ideas and will also provide a pot of money for the projects themselves based around PROSPECTS' five themes of nature conservation; local food; waste minimisation and recycling; renewable energy and energy efficiency; and sustainable transport.
PROSPECTS Chairman, Phil Barwood, said "It is our policy generally to support renewable energy and we have faith in the planning system to reach the correct decision on this planning application. It is important that all those who support the application make their local councillors aware of their views, as the planning committee will be making their decision on 26th February".
We are encouraging people can submit a letter of support to the Council's Planning Department by going onto the Energiekontor website www.hyndburnwindfarm.co.uk quoting the planning application reference number 11/09/0512 and stating reasons why the wind farm should be built. Letters can then be emailed directly to the planning officer for reporting to the Planning Committee.
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