June 12, 2009
- Lessons from a French programme which has cut childhood obesity by almost a quarter in participating towns are to be trialled in eight towns, villages and cities in Scotland.
The pilot Healthy Weight Communities have been inspired by French projects showing participating towns curbed childhood obesity and maternal weight gain over eight years, while "control" towns saw both rise. more >
June 3, 2009
- Village SOS is a major new initiative from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and the BBC. It is searching for six UK villages with a great business idea and six enterprising individuals to help them achieve their ambitions. Together they will create a brand new venture that will bring life and energy to the village, with funding of up to £400,000 from BIG.
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A quality environment is essential for encouraging private sector investment, as well as improving the region’s image as a place to live, work and invest. It also significantly enhances quality of life. This document highlights examples of good practice from within the region and beyond, and aims to inspire those responsible for designing, procuring, managing and investing in our public spaces to raise their aspirations.
This document demonstrates that, for people to be healthy, the environment around us must be health-enhancing and provide opportunities for living a healthy life.
It acknowledges that the evidence base is incomplete, but concludes that research findings to date about the health impact of the outdoor environment are sufficient to warrant action. To improve health and reduce health inequalities it is vital to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced, and that communities are built and maintained with activity and sustainability in mind.
A survey commissioned by Play England for Playday, an initiative designed to celebrate the right of children to play outside, highlights that children want and need to play in their local streets.
The research undertaken for this report across six different neighbourhoods suggests that the government’s ambitions to improve the wellbeing of children, and its aim to create sustainable communities, will fall short unless the needs of children and young people in their everyday environment are taken seriously by all those designing, delivering and managing the public realm.
Professor Chris Baines, Independant environmental advisor,writer and broadcaster
Professor Chris Baines explores the ways in which neglected, under-used or as yet undeveloped land can be beneficially used in innovative and positive ways, for example as playgrounds, urban agriculture plots and community gardens
David Chapman, Director, Urban Design Skills
David Chapman explores a range of innovative – and common sense – small scale urban interventions that can help to to improve the usability, apprearance and appeal of public streets and places
Martyn Ware, Music Producer, Creative Director, Sonic ID and Founding Partner, Illustrious Company
Former 1980s pop band producer Martyn Ware explores the power and implementation of the missing link in our positive experience of place: city soundscapes
April 6, 2009
- Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and Children’s Minister Delyth Morgan have announced that more than 500 new or refurbished play areas across England have opened ahead of the Easter holidays.
For a list of new play spaces visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/play... more >
January 14, 2009
- A commitment, set out in Fair Play: A consultation on the play strategy, stated that 'To make it easier for head teachers and governors to access examples of good practice, we will pull together all relevant material into one place to encourage all schools to further develop their play facilities'. ... more >
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