Home Health Active Spaces funding comes to Knowsley
Green gym in Halewood Park

Active Spaces funding comes to Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

More than £35,000 is to be spent delivering activities and making improvements in the borough’s parks and green spaces.

The cash has come as the result of a successful bid by Knowsley Council to the London Marathon Charitable Trust in partnership with the Fields in Trust to deliver an Active Spaces Programme.

The Knowsley Active Spaces Programme will introduce a range of activities to inspire local communities to get active, particularly those residents who currently exercise for less than 30 minutes per week, in a number of locations including in Halewood Park and Northwood Forest Hills / Eddie McArdle playing field.

In Halewood Park, residents can get active through a number of activities run by the council’s Green Space Rangers. This includes organised walks (including Nordic walking, buggy walks and memory walks aimed at residents with dementia along with their carers), running groups, cycling activities for all abilities, outdoor pursuits such as orienteering, conservation activities such as habitat management, as well as a range of family activities from building shelters to outdoor cooking.

Over in Northwood, activities will include angling sessions, football coaching sessions, bushcraft activities, organised walks (including Nordic, nature-watching and heritage) along with habitat management, particularly around pond and wetland management.

How can I get involved?

You will need to book a place on the programme and if you are interested in taking part, speak to your local Green Space Ranger or ask to be referred through the Health Knowsley Service Hub or your GP.

The funding will also contribute to improvements at Halewood Park, including the creation of a new cycle and walking route on the west side of the park, a new entrance from Arncliffe Road / Stanford Crescent, enhancing the existing woodland areas and installing new park furniture including benches.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said “This is fantastic news and the funding will be used to address one of our key priorities – to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.  The activities being provided make them accessible for all and I’m sure with the range available, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”