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Whalley (Community Engagement)

Community engagement work allowed us to directly engage with the residents of Whalley enabling us to establish what support was needed within the community.

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Kendal (Community Engagement)

Newground worked with the residents in the Castle Street area of Kendal to increase the uptake of the Flood Resilience Grant and increase community resilience as a whole.

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West End Play Area, Oswaldtwistle

There had been great demand for improvements to this local play area for many years particularly from a young local lad and his family. It had been the subject of several funding applications in the past and Newground had a long history of supporting its development.

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Field Lane Gateway, Rastrick

Local residents, Pennine Housing 2000 and Newground undertook consultation and fundraising using costed sketch plans. This involved capital works and an intensive programme of training opportunities for local people in stone wall building, metal work and horticulture.

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Bradley Play Area, Nelson

Newground worked closely with the local school to produce an attractive well used creative space right in the heart of the community.

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Clitheroe Castle

Newground fundraised for, designed and managed the creation of this outdoor activity space at the newly refurbished Clitheroe Castle.

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Marsden School, Burnley

Following consultation with the school, Newground designed a bespoke play space which adds colour via footpath treatments, and creates an imaginative themed area.

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Audley Infant School, Blackburn

The design strived to incorporate as many features into the scheme that could be used for imaginative play such as, a troll bridge, a castle, an enchanted forest, fairy seats, a magical river and even a kingdom!

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Yarrow Valley Play Area, Chorley

Newground were commissioned by Lancashire County Council to design an innovative and inspirational play space in Yarrow Valley Park, using locally sourced natural materials.

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St Anne’s Station, Lancashire

Lytham and St Anne’s Stations have both been identified as being priority areas in need of improved visual enhancements and physical linkages. They have an important role to play for tourists and commuters from Blackpool, Preston and Colne directions and during the Open Golf Championships, these stations, their forecourts and environment are responsible for visitors’ first and last impressions of the towns.

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The Redeemer School, Darwen

The school contacted Newground looking for design ideas for the development of a wildlife wetland area, set within an enclosed boggy section of field situated above the school playground.

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Rome Avenue, Burnley

Lancashire County Council and Calico approached Newground to be involved with the design and some consultation for a proposed community garden in Burnley, located to the rear of the properties on Rome Avenue.

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North West Fire Stations

Newground were appointed as landscape consultants for the redevelopment of 16 community fire stations across the north-west region.

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Pendleton Landscapes, Salford

Pendleton Together and Salford City Council worked closely with the Newground Landscape Contract Services on improvements to future development land in Salford.

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St Mary’s, Osbaldeston

Newground worked closely with St. Mary's RC Primary School to produce a design that matched exactly with the school's requirements.

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Huncoat Gateway, Hyndburn

Newground helped Hyndburn BC to welcome people to the village and define its boundaries. There was a brickworks in the village, producing ‘Redac’ bricks, which historically employed local workers. It is felt that as this was such a big part of village life and history it would be nice to represent this in the scheme in the form of a ‘Giant Brick!’.

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Peel Park, Accrington

Newground worked closely with Lancashire County Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, arts officers, ecologists, planners, hydrologists, engineers and other consultants, schools, the Friends Group, the local history society, a local fishing club, horseriders, archaeologists, funders and the local community.

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Brun Valley Forest Park, Burnley – Green Infrastructure and Landscape Masterplan

Newground was commissioned by Burnley Borough Council to carry out a green infrastructure study for the Forest Park. We produced an outline Masterplan and cost estimate using mapped GI typologies, site surveys, reference to the quality assessments contained in the Green Space Strategy and discussions with Parks Officers from Green Spaces and Amenities Unit. The scheme was based on existing written…

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Bolton-le-Sands Play Area, Lancashire

Newground’s landscape construction team carried out the build for this play area within the village of Bolton-le-Sand near Lancaster. Elements of an old play area were retained and were complimented by new pieces of equipment including a number of climbing frames, a zip line and a youth shelter. Inter-connecting paths from stone paving and tarmac were softened with grass areas and planting. The…

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Driveways & Access Improvements

Our design and build teams have undertaken a number of access improvement schemes for housing providers. Work has included car parking provision, driveway provision, driveway widening, installing ramps and handrails for elderly and disabled tenants.

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Housing Improvements, Preston

Newground’s landscape architects worked with a Blackburn based architectural firm to produce a series of housing estate design layouts as part of re-developed work. Proposals included new road and parking layouts, revised footpath linkages, new boundary treatment, recreational areas and soft landscape work.

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Parkour Play, Rastrick

Newground worked with local young people and residents to formulate a design and funding package to turn a disused area in Rastrick into an exciting parkour play scheme based on the ‘free-running’ concept. Elements were chosen that excite, challenge and present an element of risk.

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Bunbury Village Play Space

The newly formed Bunbury Play Committee contacted Newground in 2013 enquiring about a play area design for their local playing fields. At the time, the Committee had no funds, and were only just setting out what seemed like an impossible journey. Newground were asked to tender design ideas, and after several submissions and presentations, were successful in winning the design stage of the work.

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Theatre Square, Salford

Newground’s contract team has undertaken the build element of a striking new seating area and outdoor performance space in front of Salford Community Arts Theatre. The scheme forms part of wider improvement work in Pendleton, Salford, which is seeing major regeneration of the local housing and public realm.

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Fountains Square, Barrowford

A new layout was required at an existing housing scheme in Barrowford to provide additional parking bays, bin stores, clothes drying areas and communal recreation areas. Our design team worked with the client and residents to produce an agreed design and secure planning permission.

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Cribden House School, Rawtenstall

Following on from Newground's education team involvement with Forest School sessions at Cribden House School, the design team were asked to develop a masterplan and funding strategy for the school grounds.

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The Gates Primary School, Westhoughton

Keen to make better use of the space surrounding their Key Stage 2 classrooms, The Gates contacted Newground and asked for our ideas for an interesting, exciting and educational outdoor classroom. The staff had many suggestions and requirements; the space needed to be functional for a whole class to use, provide a stage for performance, covered work area, water investigation and story-telling…

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Anderton Gateway Feature

Chorley Borough Council were keen to welcome visitors to the village of Anderton with a stone walled ‘Welcome to Anderton’ gateway feature

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Stubby Lee Park, Bacup

Newground has installed a £30,000 track to “pump up” Stubbylee Park in Bacup.A pump track is a continuous loop of humps and banked berms (the turns) that allow you to ride by "pumping" rather than pedalling.

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Riverside Park Ingleton Research And Assessment Study

Riverside Park in Ingleton

Craven District Council appointed the Newground design team on behalf of the Ingleton Village Team to prepare designs for the development of Riverside Park.  Our brief was to suggest various proposals to subtly transform the park into a really attractive, welcoming and wildlife-rich environment for people from the local area and wider region to visit and enjoy. These proposals were presented and…

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Skipton Waterfront

Craven District Council engaged Newground as Landscape Consultants to develop proposals for key sections of the Leeds Liverpool Canal corridor in Skipton town centre, including the canal basin and adjacent pocket parks. Consultation was carried out with key stakeholders, and we worked closely with the Canal & River Trust to develop a palette of materials and details that were in keeping with…

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South Skipton Employment Zone Green and Blue Infrastructure

The Newground Landscape Architects were appointed by Craven District Council to work collaboratively with Bowland Ecology on detailed surveys and assessment for proposed green and blue infrastructure works in and around Aireville Park and the Leeds Liverpool Canal corridor. Proposals also incorporated adjacent water channels and local catchment areas as part of flood mitigation scheme improvements…

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Aughton Christchurch C of E Primary School

Newground’s Design and Build team worked with the school over several months to help them develop a layout and realistic costs for the development for an inviting outdoor classroom and forest school area. They now have wonderfully creative space for den building, observing and encouraging bugs and wildlife, playing make believe, picnicking, hiding, willow weaving and mud kitchens. The path…

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Clod Lane Play Area

Newground Contracts Team installed a new toddler / junior play area on behalf of Rossendale Borough Council with improved access paths and a picnic area. There have been numerous excellent reports (and tweets of excitement) from the local community and the client now that this improved facility is in place.

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Aireville Park Play, Skipton

Newground landscape architects were appointed to incorporate the 10 Principles for Designing Play Spaces for Aireville Park in Skipton. Our creative team explored various adventurous layouts with the client and presented ideas and a model to the community at the local swimming pool.

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Digital Inclusion Project

The ‘Digital Inclusion Project’ was coordinated by Newground staff Ian Whittaker and Carol Casey, who worked with Jackie Flynn from SPICE, a local organisation that aims to reduce social isolation in older people.

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Adventure at Offshoots

Offshoots, a project run by Newground at Towneley Hall in Burnley, hosts Adventure @ Offshoots during school holidays.  In 2017, more than 30 children attended the project, which aimed to equip them with transferrable skills through fun, healthy and engaging outdoor activities.

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Helping schools achieve 'eco school status'

Sustainability is currently the biggest issue we face both locally and globally.  As an environmental organisation Newground is working to be a part of the solution for environmental sustainability in the 21st century.  One part of our work is on the Fylde coast, where we have been working with over 400 children from four schools to support the schools in achieving eco school status.

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Heather Grey

Heather heard about our triking sessions on BBC Radio Lancashire and came to her first session one Wednesday morning in 2013.

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Kyle Clarke

Kyle Clarke

Kyle was looking for a change of career with a move into construction, and was inspired to contact us after seeing a flyer for Newgrounds Skillsbuild Training Centre. He decided to apply for the City and Guilds Level 1 Qualification in Basic Construction.

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Liam Worbey

Liam Worbey

Although Liam has had temporary work in the past, he’s struggled to find a permanent job. While at his local Job Centre he was encouraged to enrol on a pre-apprenticeship training programme at the Skillsbuild Centre. Through this he’s got his Level 1 Qualification in Construction Skills, Level 1 in Functional Skills and a CSCS card. Liam also had the opportunity to complete an 8 week work…

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Matthew Nelmes

Matthew Nelmes

Matthew is a Trainee at the Newground Skillsbuild Centre, working towards a City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, Level 1 in Functional skills and an NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills.

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Community Garden Makers

Throughout the last quarter CGM have Helped local residents create a new herb garden at Whinney Hill Park Community Centre at Brighouse.

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Green vale Homes Garden Awards Evening

A group of young people from the Shawforth area of Rossendale picked up a first and third place finish in the annual Green Vale Homes Gardening Awards evening. The young people were delighted that they received acknowledgement for the hard work they had put into making a disused raised bed within their community into a colourful and vibrant talking point to be proud of. This project was funded…

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Phoenix Radio (Newground Together)

A Halifax-based radio project, funded by Newground Together, is empowering young people to make the right choices and find a route into volunteering, training and employment.

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Careers Academy run by Trinity Academy in Halifax

YOUNG people are being giving an introduction to the world of work in a bid to tackle youth unemployment which is at an all-time high in Calderdale.Newground Together, a charity that is driving social and environmental change, has match funded a Careers Academy run by Trinity Academy in Halifax.

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Supporting Projects in Calderdale

Projects and community groups in and around the Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Halifax areas have successfully applied for match funding from Newground Together to the tune of £584,647.

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Bradley Rycroft

Bradley Rycroft  faced a future without employment  after his lack of confidence and focus meant his schoolwork suffered. Referred to Skillsbuild’s Alternative provision in Construction at Featherstone Academy, which he attended one day a week from Year 9 onwards, Bradley quickly realised he had a talent for bricklaying, astounding tutors with his natural flair. Finding a subject he was passionate…

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The amount of debt in the UK is rising, with figures from the Money Advice Service estimating that more than 8million people are experiencing financial problems. Money can be a difficult and emotional subject to discuss, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

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