Archive for May, 2008

Forest in the news

May 9, 2008

Public interest in the Forest is really hotting up – with more coverage in today’s Nottingham Evening Post. 

The plans for the Forest REALLY are being developed to meet local people’s wishes and needs – so make sure you have your say. 

Nottingham’s skaters have and they’re campaigning hard for a skatepark on the Forest. It would be great to hear other views about what’s needed – whether you want a better play-park, an improved cafe, more events and things to do or something completely different that maybe hasn’t even been thought of yet!

The plans for the new look Forest aren’t being submitted to the Lottery (for funding) until September so there’s still time to make your views known – and make a difference. 

Click below to see today’s story in the Post and to read our latest press release – announcing the top five things that the public want to see on the Forest! 

Evening Post story 

Latest press release 

New blog for skaters

May 8, 2008

With more and more skateboarders campaigning for a skatepark on the Forest, they’ve set up their very own skatepark campaign blog at http://www.wewantaskatepark.blogspot.com/

If you agree that Nottingham needs a decent size skatepark why not go and check out the blog? The skaters have also been in touch with the Evening Post, who have promised to cover their story in the next few days. 

As many of the comments from local people have said, a skatepark would have many benefits; including giving young people (and older people!) somewhere to exercise, an alternative to traditional sports, a place to make friends and socialise and a sense of purpose. All these things would also help to tackle issues like childhood obesity, anti-social behaviour, under-age drinking and drug-taking and boredom. 

What do you think? 

Check out the plans!

May 6, 2008

If you weren’t able to make it along to the public consultation event on the 26th – don’t worry. Simply download the information (below) that was exhibited to see what’s being planned and then have your say. We’ve also attached a questionnaire for you. Completed questionnaires can be handed in or posted to James Taylor, c/o Partnership Council, 47 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 5JA. We know you all have very busy lives, but please take the time to fill in a questionnaire. It’s YOUR Forest, and we want to make sure that it’s improved in the way you want! 

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Entrances 

Sport

Who Looks After The Forest? 

Buildings

Questionnaire

 

Five Forest Favourites

May 6, 2008

Following the public consultation event on the 26th April, here’s what local people want to see on the Forest:

1. Increased activity opportunities for teenagers 

2. Enhanced play areas for all ages, including a performance space and seating 

3. Improved lighting and CCTV added

4. A refurbished pavilion with a better cafe, toilets and sports changing rooms 

5. A partnership approach to tackling problems on the Forest – involving Forest wardens, the Police and local people 

These were the top five changes that those attending the consultation event voted for – out of a list of options – put together by the team behind the Forest project. More results from the consultation will be published soon, but in the meantime, please tell us what you think. Do you agree with the top five? Do you think there are other, more important changes, to be made to the Forest? 

To see the full list of proposed changes – please feel free to download the attached document. Top Five Forest Proposals

Forest skatepark backed by national magazine

May 2, 2008

Sidewalk magazine, one of the UK’s leading magazines for skateboarders has backed the idea of a skatepark on the Forest – saying it would help to put Nottingham on the map and bring people into the city. Five of the magazine’s staff have left comments on the previous story ‘Calls go out for a skatepark’ several of them saying that they travelled to Nottingham to skate here, so they know the city very well. Take a look at their comments and see if you agree! Best of all, it’s great to see that people far and wide are commenting on the blog and care about the future of the Forest – thanks to everyone who has left comments so far.