Thursday, 29 July 2010

Cumbria Wildlife Trust Recruitment - Barrow Wildside Project

The Big Lottery has now given Cumbria Wildlife Trust permission to start the Barrow's Wildside Project. The aim of he project is to improve the natural environment of Barrow and Walney Island and reconnect local communities with their local environment.

The Trust have now completed the job descriptions and the Project Officer post is now being advertised throughout the area. If you are interested, you can find details of the project and the application process can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links below:
Wildside Project Sumary
Wildside Project Officer Role Description
Application for employment
Equal Opportunities monitoring
Equal Opportunities questionnaire - Disability

Our Green Space - Updated Open Green Space Guides

The Our Green Space Project has updated and re-printed three popular guides on issues relating to open green spaces:
  • An Introduction to their legal status and protection.
  • A Guide to Common Management Issues.
  • An Introduction to Managing for wildlife. 
The guides provide easy to read, useful information for anyone who is involved in managing or developing their local green spaces or for anyone with an interest or concerns about the greens spaces where they live.

These guides can be downloaded for free at the Our Green Space website here.

Alternatively contact Our Green Space Project Officer Carol Douglas
on: 01539 720788 or at email:

Our Slow Worms Appear To Be Flourishing


More Free Fun For Local Families

More fun for local families at todays second "Family Session". The sessions forms part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.

Taking Delivery of Our Recently Donated Tables

Our new tables, generously donated by Margaret Burrow at Barrow and District Disability Association. Thank you Margaret, it was very much appreciated.
Thank you also to Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Wardens for collecting and delivering the tables.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Junior Wardens - Growing Well Training

Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens receiving basic gardening training from Growing Well education coordinator Pauline Sprott.
The training session, funded by a grant we received from Our Green Space, forms part of the Junior Wardens John Muir Award activities. Inspiring.

Among the various vegetables and herbs planted included; runner beans, lettuce, rocket and chives.

It is hoped that the first training event may lead to additinal training sessions for the Junior Wardens and/or volunteers on the Green Heart Den. We have also been invited to visit Growing Well. 

Additional pictures from the session can be viewed here.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to what was a most enjoyable event.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Family Session Fun

The initial "family session", organised by Community Development Officers at the Community Unit, and hosted by the Green Heart Den proves to be successful. The sessions form part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.

Additional family sessions have now been booked for each Thursday afternoon throughout the school summer holidays.

One vistor who enjoyed the event commented: "We had a nice afternoon and are looking forward to next week. Our cuttings are now in the garden"

Karen Y Hull, Furness Inclusion Worker - Short Breaks, Cumbria Children's Services said of the initial session:
"The event reflects the true spirit of community, partnership working and promotes the innovative opportunities being made available through the Aiming High - Transforming short breaks agenda".

A brief report provided by Karen can be viewed and downloaded here.
Fanastic......this is what it is all about.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Building Community

Building Community is an online showcase featuring real-time practice from partnerships comprising councils and communities that are in the process of transferring land or buildings into community asset ownership. The Building Community films are made in conjunction with the Asset Transfer Unit which is led and manageged by the Development Trust Association.

Building Community is a source of expert advice and information on how to transform land and buildings into community spaces; they are offering support to various organisations throughout the country who are undertaking asset transfer by providing an opportunity for them to showcase their organisation and the process over a 12 month period.
As part of the process for our introduction as a new DTA member we are to be filmed over the following 12 months by way of documenting both our progress as a new member of the Trust and our work to develop the north plot and the potential development of the vacant, adjacent railway arches.

Early days yet, but we have recently been given a new project page on the Building Community website here.

For additional information, please visit the Building Community website here.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Junior Wardens - John Muir Award Activities

The Green Heart Den is looking forward to again assisting Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens in their efforts to achieve a second John Muir Award. Various activities that contribute to the award will be conducted on the Green Heart Den and North plot during the school summer holidays. Among the various activities include; a bug hunt, a John Muir quiz, and basic horticulture training facilitated by educational staff from Growing Well.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

DARE DANCE Press Release

DARE DANCE are trying to attract girls from Central and Hindpool to their summer activities. They have joined forces with the Forum and Inspiring Communities to offer a summer of dancing for infants, juniors and youth. Please see poster below for details.
Alternatively, you can download a free pdf copy of the poster here.

Brisbane Park School Visit

The Green Heart Den is currently preparing for, and looking foward to, this mornings visit of pupils, staff and helpers fom Brisbane Park School. We would like to thank Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Wardens for helping to organise and facilitate this opportunity.

Monday, 5 July 2010

North Plot Tomatoes

Our tomatoes, planted earlier in the year, with the help of Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens. This forms part of the Junior Wardens efforts in working towards achieving a second John Muir Award.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Summer in the Garden Event

Among the free attractions provided for visitors included;  food, refreshments, live music, childrens entertainer and face painting. A big thank you to all who helped organise what was a very enjoyable event.

Estimated attendance for the event: 200 - 225 people of various ages.