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Jul 11, 2014
SIGN UP to join the PROSPECTS 1st Film Festival.  Films showing weekly from 9th September to 16th October.  Programme available in August.  Only people registered with PROSPECTS will be sent an invitation and can attend so please sign up now.
May 30, 2014

There are several ways you can book on an event at the PROSPECTS Environment Centre:

Tel: 01254 230348





Please book your place using our Eventbrite booking system by clicking the button below

Eventbrite - PROSPECTS Foundation Event Booking

Events are FREE to Hyndburn Residents.  Check that you are eleigible.

May 21, 2014
The Windfall Fund Annual Report 2012-2013 is now available.  Click HERE to view or download a copy.
Aug 29, 2013
6 organisations were recently successful in securing funding for their envrironmental projects. The projects range from developing walking and cycling routes around Great Harwood to improving the village pond in Belthorn. For more details on the latest organisations to receive funding go to the 'Windfall' page of the website.
Jun 18, 2013

The first Windfall Fund grants have now been awarded.

7 projects have been funded across the Borough ranging from the development of food growing areas at two learning disability sites; to repairs to riverside banking on Tinker Brook to protect the adjacent nature reserve habitats; to the setting up of a cardboard shredding operation to produce fibre bedding for horses.

The projects will all be underway in the next few weeks so watch this space to follow their progress.....

Apr 24, 2013

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

Apr 4, 2013


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:   

Note new telephone number 01254 230348

Mar 16, 2013

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.

Feb 12, 2013

Do you follow The Prospects Foundation on Facebook and Twitter?

All our news and events will now be posted to Facebook and Twitter so you can keep up to date with what we are doing and learn how and when you can get involved.

If not you can find our Facebook page here and our Twitter page here 

Dec 7, 2012

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

Jun 6, 2012

For the first event they plan to paint the railings, carry out some general maintenance of shrubbery and greenery and begin creating a garden area.

Anyone is very welcome to join us.  We're meeting at Victoria Street entrance and the event will run between 11am and 2pm.  

If you would like to know any more details of this event or of any other volunteering opportunities, please contact Gemma Tomlinson at the Prospects Foundation - 01254 380176 or email or visit the web site



May 3, 2012

Friday Mornings
Stepping Out Walks
4 May, 11 May, 18, May, 25 May - 10.15 a.m.
Meet at Mercer Hall, Queens Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7AL
At 10:15 for a 1.5 - 2 hours (5 miles approx) Health walk led by qualified walk leaders. 

Walks are at a moderate/fast pace, involving some stiles, steps and gradients.  Walks may be on footpaths, muddy tracks and through fields.  Walking boots required.  Refreshments are available after the walk.
For more details telephone 01254 380441.

 Cycling into Railway History
Friday 18 May - 10 a.m.
Meet on Lee Lane, opposite Tottleworth Road (at the former Lidgett Pub) for a 2 hour leisurely cycle ride along the Old Railway Line to discover interesting features along the way to Martholme viaduct.  Bring your bike, a drink and a snack.
For more details telephone 07887 831 129. 

Nordic Walking
Monday 21 May - 6-7 p.m.
Come along and try a fast-growing enjoyable fitness technique that works your whole body.
Meet at Mercer Hall, Queens Street, Great Harwood, BB5 7AL at 6pm prompt for a 1 hour circular Nordic Walk.  Instruction given and walking poles provided.  Wear trainers or walking boots and bring a drink.
For more details telephone 01254 380441.

Jan 6, 2012
  Rishton, A small East Lancashire town with a population of approximately 8,000 lies in the former industrial heartland of the cotton weaving industry. This once thriving town is now mainly residential, the cotton industry in the UK collapsing after the 2nd World War, and Rishton closing its doors to its last weaving shed in 2008.

It was to the 11 weaving sheds of Rishton that the Leeds and Liverpool canal once served, indeed, it inspired the erection of the mills by its construction through the town, bringing raw cotton via barge, and woven cloth to the Liverpool docks.

It is now a popular place for walkers, cyclist, and dog lovers, with many footpaths surrounding the district, and was voted in Halfords top ten list of cycle routes in the UK.

 A small band of residents, fored in 1996 under green policy reform acts, and known as Rishton PROSPECTS, have been sprucing up the canal side tow path, maintaining it, planting alongside it, and beautifying it with plants, new seating, and picnic areas for the last 15 years. Rishton PROSPECTS have now adopted a section of the canal, throughout Rishton, in conjunction with British Waterways.

This is an exciting challenge for both parties, who will now work hand in hand to beautify the section of the canal even more, as well as being able to organise events more easily. But all this cannot be done alone and the group will need local residents to become volunteers to help in the exciting quest.

Can you help?

Article by Paul Wilkinson, Rishton PROSPECTS Panel

Nov 8, 2011


Local wood carver, Chris Barber took on the task to make a sign that would stand out and be visible from Burnley Road, Altham yet also be in keeping with the theme of the woodland. A 100% timber sign seemed the right way to go, so using sycamore he created a cherry leaf and to keep the sign standing proud, larch posts have been used.

Nearly 10 years on and the Millennium Baby Woodland is thriving with lush green trees covering the site. Once a month, horticulture students from Accrington and Rossendale College visit the site to learn about woodland management for habitat improvements.


Oct 25, 2011

Over 40 adults, children, expert photographers and not so expert photographers gathered at Foxhill Bank LNR not really knowing what to expect from the event - we were all intrigued or should I say curious! The aim was to get people out in their local green space and to take photographs, but not just any photographs. This evening was devoted to 'light graffiti' and Adrian Barber, photographer and film maker took us on our adventure.

Long exposure, non flash photgraphy assisted by tripods or very steady hands created graffiti style photos all around the trees and water of Foxhill Bank LNR. Using torches, flashing lights and lit up umbrellas, groups created sweeping movements which were captured by budding photographers.

A selection of photographs can be seen below, but you can find a full selection by visiting the Prospects Foundation Facebook page!

You can find out about more visual art opportunities by visiting 





Aug 16, 2011
  Chairperson Barbara Sharples said, 'Most of our newer members want to talk less and get hands on with actual project work so we have changed things to reflect this.

 "We will now be heading to the woods on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am-1.00 pm.  If people want to come along and see what we are up to they are very welcome.  We will be concentrating our efforts on improving wildlife habitats and tasks will include small tree felling & coppicing, hedge creation, bird & bat box building & installation, wildflower bulb & plug planting, footpath work & general scrub work.

 "This is an ideal opportunity for people to learn new skills, meet new friends, enjoy outdoor activities in the fresh air, get fit, start a new hobby and help us make a difference.

 Two woods have been chosen - one is adjacent to Hyndburn Road and leads up to Whalley Road and the other is at Edge End.  The Panel will be working at Hyndburn Road on Saturday 3rd September, 5th November, 7th January and 3rd March.  On Saturday 1st October, 3rd December, 4th February and 7th April they will be in Edge End Wood.  Volunteers should wear suitable clothing and footwear but all tools are provided.

 To find out more about practical environment days phone Barbara on 882486 or visit and look at the Great Harwood PROSPECTS Panels' pages.

May 29, 2011

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Apr 14, 2011
The trip along the Colne to Blackpool South line, which goes through Huncoat, Accrington and Rishton, is in 'On The Slow Train Again'.

It is written by Michael Williams - a journalism lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire who has been a former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday as well as head of news and features at The Sunday Times.

He describes the 50-mile journey as the 'most charismatic' in the country.

In the book he adds: "This is a railway on few people's tourist map, yet the slow train across the industrial heart of Lancashire offers more concentrated riches, mile for mile in terms of landscape and heritage, than anywhere else."

Part of the appeal and charm of the route must be attributed to the welcoming sight of Hyndburn's stations.  Readers of Michael's book will surely be tempted to take the tour and, thanks to the work of Prospects volunteers, they might even stop off for a visit along the way.

Jan 11, 2011

 From the 21st - 27th March thousands of events and activities highlighting the positive steps being taken to help combat climate change are being planned by organisations from every sector for the UK's first Climate Week.

For more information on the project click here

Nov 4, 2010

Now open on 54 Abbey Street, Accrington, The One Planet shop is your new local shop where you can buy products that are all; Fairtrade, ethical, local, innovative and sustainable.

Feel free to come in and browse anytime.

Click here more more information on whats in store and other useful information about One Planet.

Oct 14, 2010

The new Eco station at Accrington Train Station is now open to the public and PROSPECTS are looking for volunteers to form a community group to help keep the station looking new and tidy. If you are interested you can contact Ellie or Lesley on 01254 380677.

Click here for more information.

Sep 23, 2010

The planters have made a great difference to the the station which had already received some positive feedback from the community of Huncoat. The group will now carry on with their work at the station throughout the year in their bid to encourage more people to want to catch the train from Huncoat and reduce the amount of cars on the roads.

Click HERE to find out more about the project

Sep 8, 2010

One Planet has taken on a lease for the ground floor at 54 Abbey Street in Accrington town centre.  We're now working hard to open the shop by early October, in time for the Christmas trade.

Click HERE to find out more about One Planet and the job recruitment.

Aug 31, 2010

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

Feb 2, 2010

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 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.

Energiekontor Update Leaflet

Nov 17, 2009

  With the help of a grant from the Tree Council, the lead UK tree campaigning partnership two local schools will be planting trees. Pupils from St Mary Magdelens Primary School in Accrington will be helping local residents plant trees on Lupin Close whilst students from The Hollins Technology College will be planting trees in Haworth Park.

 "We are able to make these grants thanks to the generosity of an anonymous charitable foundation which particularly asked that communities should include children with their tree planting. This is very much in the spirit of The Tree Council's National Tree Week, which involves increasing numbers of young people under 16," said The Tree Council's Director-General, Pauline Buchanan Black.

 Baxenden Community Forum and residents from Lupin Close, Accrington are two of more than 60 schools and 30 community groups to share in grants totaling more than £45,000.

 All Saints Primary School, Clayton le Moors where the school have secured funding from Trees for All to plant rowan, cherry, birch and oak trees.

 Events open to the general public are as follows:

 A community tree planting event will be taking place at Peel Park on Saturday 28th November between 10am and 12noon.  The event has been organised as part of the community activities programme for the Remade improvement project.

 Baxenden Community Forum have organised an open event at Haworth Park on Saturday 5th December between 10am and 12 noon, meeting at the gates on Manchester Road. Instead of planting trees, the group will be planting woodland wildflower bulbs to provide a splash of colour through the year.

 Anyone who would like to plant a tree or help plant woodland bulbs is welcome to come along to this event. Please contact Gemma Tomlinson at the Prospects Foundation for more details 01254 380176.


Sep 9, 2009
The Annual Report details all the work that PROSPECTS has been involved in over the past year.  Please let us know if you can think of anything you would like including for next year.
Jul 14, 2009

Our events range from practical conservation tasks and training, to guided walks and pond dipping. It's a great chance for local residents to get out and learn more about their local area from a natural perspective and be a part of the bigger improvement project that is taking place at the moment. It's an exciting time for beginners, experts, old and young!

The programme has been organised to complement the work that is been carried out through the Remade scheme. Remade in Lancashire are working with Hyndburn Borough Council and other partners including PROSPECTS Foundation to deliver project improvements and community activities based on the recent Master Plan process results for Peel Park. For more information about the Remade scheme click here.

To download a copy of the programme click here and to find out more about PROSPECTS Foundation events and volunteering opportunities click here!

Jun 24, 2009

In May 2007 Energiekontor consulted on a proposal to build a 24 turbine wind farm on Haslingden and Oswaldtwistle Moors. As a result of the consultation process and findings of the environmental studies the proposed scheme has been reduced to 12 turbines with a height to blade tip of up to 122m on Oswaldtwistle Moor only which is now called the Hyndburn Wind Farm.It is estimated that the 12 turbine Hyndburn Wind Farm would generate up to 72.2 million kWh of electricity per year which is the equivalent to the estimated electricity requirements of 52% of the households within Hyndburn based on the national average wind speed.

If the Hyndburn Wind Farm proposal is built, in accordance with Government guidelines, Energiekontor has invited the PROSPECTS Foundation to produce a proposal for the administration and management of a community benefit fund for Hyndburn derived from the income from the wind farm.

The proposal will work with Hyndburn's communites to generate projects that local people want and which promote sustainability in the Borough.These projects will be of benefit to the local and wider environment and help to improve quality of life for the residents of Hyndburn.

For more information about the proposed wind farm, visit

Apr 16, 2009

 One essential ingredient to this tree planting escapade was oak trees, a native tree which has greatest potential of any tree to support wildlife ranging from birds to insects.

Local bespoke carpentry firm Altham Oak and Carpentry came to the rescue and donated money for the Foundation to purchase 200 English oaks. Financial support also came in the form of a Green Partnership Award from Lancashire County Council.

Derek Goffin, Altham Oak and Carpentry said "Being a company which uses timber, we like to give a little something back to the local community. It's great that we can support a local charity with its work and get so many people involved with tree planting"

To say a big thank you for the huge voluntary effort from the PROSPECTS Panels each group was given 10 trees to plant in a location of their choice. These trees have been planted by panel volunteers in Mercer Park, Huncoat Greenway, Cut Wood Park, Foxhill Bank Local Nature Reserve, Edge End Wood, King George Playing Field, Millennium Baby Woodland and Bradshaw Street.

We were still left with a substantial number of trees, so the Foundation worked with Hyndburn Borough Council to find other places to plant trees. Accrington West Scouts Woodnook Primary School, Accrington and Rossendale College, St Marys RC Primary, Oswaldtwistle, Friends of Foxhill Bank and Rough Lee House have all been involved with helping PROSPECTS complete the oak tree planting.

The biggest planting event was held at Oak Hill Park, rather aptly named for our project, where Accrington and Rossendale college horticulture students helped pupils from Woodnook Primary School plant 40 oaks.

Over 100 volunteers have been involved with this tree planting project and PROSPECTS would like to say a BIG thank you to all who got involved. 

Gemma Tomlinson, PROSPECTS Foundation said "Planting the oak trees has been a really positive project bringing together aspects of nature conservation by planting native species and also raising awareness of local history and Accrington's link with oak trees - 'oak-ring-town'"

As well as planting oaks, PROSPECTS have received more donations. Cartridge World donated silver birch trees which they helped to plant at the Millennium Baby Woodland in Altham and a local Accrington resident donated several trees to the Baxenden Panel who have now planted these in Hollins Wood.

Mar 24, 2009

Accrington Observer 09/01/09

Forum to Branch Out

Volunteer members of Huncoat's Community Forum received a certificate of thanks for their continued support of the PROSPECTS Foundation.

The presentation was made at the forums Christmas social and highlighted all the volunteers' dedication to community spirit over the last 10 years.

A PROSPECTS representative presented each volunteer with a car sticker, Fair Trade chocolate and a recycled plastic pencil, as well as 10 four-year-old English Oak Trees for the Forum as a whole to plant in Huncoat before February.

The next meeting, where the forum mill decide on the location of the trees, will be on 19th January at 7.30 at the Black Bull.

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