THE NAVIGATOR Finding new opportunities for green space SUMMER 2006 Crucial Review into LRT Future Underway The future of the LRT will be decided in the next few months. As we are now INDEX into the final year of our three-year pilot, a review into the LRT’s operations to date and our future role is now underway. The review will establish what LRT takes ownership of four new sites format the Trust will take after the pilot phase. It was always intended that the Trust would be an Page 2 independent self-financing organisation. With nine sites in our ownership and several more imminent, agreements on private sector sites and discussions on- A level playing field for the going on around 50 more sites, the demand for the LRT playing field is beyond doubt. The benefits of open space are difficult to measure, Re-prioritisation of the National Coalfield Programme which makes it a low has meant that many of the sites that we were expected spending priority for to take during the pilot will not now be available. This Government. The LRT are has necessitated a change to the original plan and a looking at new way of Bird Watcher at Cudworth broadening of our remit. However, far from being a quantifying the benefits. Common problem it has proved quite straightforward to find other sites from different sources - and the broader range of Page 3 clients has underlined the need for the LRT. Our ten year goal was 10,000 hectares, after year one Bellamy Endorses Trust there was a potential 20,500 hectares on offer to us. Renowned conservationist Moreover, the definitive endorsement of the Trust is David Bellamy opens a future that private sector organisations, that are LRT site and gives his seal of incontrovertibly commercially driven, have accepted the approval to the LRT’s Trust’s approach as ‘best value’ for them. Therefore we approach. are confident that the review will have a positive Handover at Dinnington outcome. In the meantime work continues as normal. Page 5 Launch of Whitehaven Coast Vision 300 Octopuses Flying Over The regeneration of Lakes Renaissance, English what is already a Whitehaven Whitehaven’s Coast Partnerships and the Haig tremendous natural asset, A special Kite Flying event as took a major step mining museum. helping nature take its part of the Whitehaven forward this month course, whilst also securing Coastal Project. A workshop, which brought the historic elements of the when a ‘Vision’ for its together a wide range of Coast.” future was unveiled. Page 6 partners with expertise and interest in Whitehaven and Jeremy Barlow of the other coastal projects, was National Trust said The Miracle Cure held in May. Since then “Community involvement in Not a ground breaking work has concentrated on the plan is crucial. There is therapy or a new drug but creating a ‘joined up” vision, already, quite rightly, a lot of how walking is helping which takes into account the local pride about the improve health in South many elements of the Whitehaven Coast and Yorkshire. Whitehaven Coast and a together with the local long-term view of its future. community we want to build Page 8 The vision is the culmination The vision will bring together upon this.” of many months of work by the Haig, Rhodia, South of a number of partners led Beach, Saltom Pit, and the Councillor Henry by the Land Restoration What are our new St Bees Heritage Coast Wormstrup of Copeland BC Development Managers Trust, National Trust and sites into one cohesive remarked “The strength of Copeland BC. really like? strategy. this vision is that it has the Some inside information on However, the vision has backing of many partners at our new starters that they involved and is backed by a Euan Hall, Chief Executive local, regional and a probably wish they hadn’t collaboration of numerous of the Land Restoration national level. This joined mentioned local, regional and national Trust, commented, “ The up approach will ensure that organisations including West vision looks to maximise vision becomes reality.” Page 9 SITE NEWS LRT takes ownership of four new sites Four new sites have now been added to the LRT portfolio, taking the total now under ownership to nine. There are several more sites nearing the closing stages of their handover. The four new sites at Dinnington, Kiveton, Cudworth and Barton Lane are all from English Partnerships Coalfields Programme in South Yorkshire. All will be managed at a local level by the Forestry Commission, who currently manage our three other South Yorkshire sites. Estates Director John Tewson remarked, “Whilst we have only recently taken ownership, these are sites which we have been actively involved with for a significant period of time, particularly Dinnington and Kiveton where we’ve been working on the restoration process since day one of the Trust. By getting involved in the early stages of development – before work even begins- we can ensure the completed site is fit for purpose. This approach not only saves money it also maximises the benefits to the community” . The LRT is currently working in such a way on over 50 sites all around the country. Here’s the low down on our new sites. DINNINGTON If you didn’t know the history of Dinnington Community Woodland, it would be difficult to imagine that this scenic location once producing many 1000’s of tonnes of coal, employing over 1900 people. The 46 hectare site includes woodland, wetland, grassland and ponds, which support species, such as lapwings, kestrels, voles and a wide range of wild flowers. The site features a specially designed bird scrape, an area of wetland no more than a metre deep with shallow edges and large areas of shale. This is an ideal habitat for wetland birds including the nationally rare ringed plover. A local bird group SK58, manage the bird hide overlooking the scrape. CUDWORTH Cudworth Common is part of the former Grimethorpe Colliery, one of the deepest pits in the country. However Grimethorpe is perhaps best known for its world famous brass band on which the highly successful film 'Brassed Off' was based. When the pit closed in 1992 and around 1500 jobs were lost, the community was hit hard. It is these events that 'Brassed Off' documented. In 1994, the European Union's 'Study of Deprivation' named Grimethorpe as the most deprived village in the country. A number of regeneration projects have since improved things, including the transformation of the derelict colliery land at Cudworth Common in to green space. The now scenic 58-hectare site features woodlands, wetland, grassland and ponds that support many species of wildlife. A significant number of sky larks can be heard, if not seen, as you walk around the site. An established pond at the east of the site is already a haven for wildfowl, swans have nested and many species such as tufted duck, mallard, coot and moorhen are resident. KIVETON Kiveton Park Colliery was sunk in 1866, becoming one of the world’s earliest deep mines. The population of the town at this time was only around 300, however within 10 years it was over 1300. Kiveton is therefore another example of a town founded around one industry. As such when the colliery closed in 1994 and 1000 jobs were lost, the town was devastated. Until restoration began in 2003 the site lay derelict. The 53 hectare ‘Community Woodland’ already supports many species of wildlife. The site has its own Amphitheatre: an open space with tiered shelving that can be used for community performances and events. There are fishing ponds at the north of the site which were originally dug by the miners to use in their leisure time. They are now under the ownership of British Waterways and are managed by a fishing group. BARTON LANE Barton Lane is a great example of the need for the Trust. Barton Lane is an unadopted road, which originally gave access to parts of the Markham Main colliery site and continues to give access to a number of private houses and businesses. The site however has been subject to regular fly tipping and is vulnerable to other anti-social use. Without LRT to take on the ownership of this land, Barton Lane would be left to become a persistent problem area that would also affect the areas around it. LRT look for a Level Research into Doorstep Greens makes the case Playing Field for the for sustainable funding Playing Field Measuring all the benefits of green Over the years a succession of convoluted world of funding bids and a space is somewhat similar to asking funding streams have come, mountain of form filling. Should their ‘how long is a piece of string?’ produced some outstanding results, bids fail or they lose interest – and who and then gone. And once the would blame them – what then will We all know its good, worthwhile and funding has gone, the outstanding happen to the Green? Can a project be we like it. However, the problem is; if results often go too. Casualties of deemed a success and £30million well you can’t quantify the value how can the Government’s focus on short- spent if in 5-10 years time most of the you compare its worth in relation to term outputs rather than long-term Greens are neglected and the spending on the NHS or Education. outcomes and sustainability. community disenchanted. The fact that you can’t, will always mean other areas will get priority. So, for example, spending on curing ill health will get priority over spending on a well-maintained space. However, that space could actually prevent the illness occurring by providing a place to exercise, chill out and de-stress. Then there are also environmental benefits such as reduced pollution and improved air quality; improvements to social cohesion; economic uplifts such as increased property values and inward investment. Only when you can There is a cost effective way to fund put a quantifiable or economic value on projects sustainably. The one all that – will the playing field be on a sustainable Green has a long-term level playing field at the Treasury. maintenance contract, which is secured by the interest earned on an invested sum - very similar to the LRT’s endowment model. This method may mean more funding for each individual project and therefore less projects are funded. However, if this means that the The LRT is soon to produce a report on excellent results in the short-term are the Countryside Agency’s Doorstep translated to outstanding results in the Greens programme. There is no doubt long-term; this will be money well spent that the Doorstep Greens have been and not money wasted. Indeed in the hugely successful. £30 million of long-term, the removal of the need for funding from the Big Lottery and other repeat investments of capital to redo sources has transformed nearly 200 the job will effectively cost the Treasury derelict, underused spaces all around and tomorrow’s tax payer substantially The LRT is establishing a set of the country. The Doorstep Greens less. quantifiable Key Performance programme has provided some great Indicators, (KPI’s) for open space. examples of communities coming There is plenty of research which together, successful partnerships with touches on the value of open space, the local authorities and how having but it’s found in a wide range of access to expert help is a key factor in disparate sources. For the first phase of ensuring that community projects work. the KPI project the LRT employed The insistence on long-term land recent graduate Kate Coulter, to trawl leases has also meant that, as a whole, the available research, speak to key Doorstep Greens are more sustainable personnel and create a catalogue of all than most schemes. the available evidence. This was completed in May. The next phase is to However…..we have looked in detail at translate this into some meaningful four case studies, all successful KPI’s. Utilising our excellent links with projects. We have found that three of Nottingham University, Social these projects face an uncertain future. Geography Professor Kate Millar, along The members of the community who with Dr Paul Nathanail are currently have worked so hard to create their working on this. This work is scheduled Doorstep Green now face the challenge to be finished in September. of finding additional funding to keep the project going. Instead of managing and enjoying their Green they face the Landfill a WASTE of SPACE New LRT Staff It’s safe to say that landfill sites are Therefore the objective of the project The LRT staffing levels were places that people detest. has been to find ways the land can be boosted in April, as we welcomed Nevertheless, as long as we produce restored and managed for maximum three new development managers waste then we will need someway benefit whilst securing the liabilities and to the Trust. The new managers and somewhere to dispose of it. fulfilling all legal obligations. bring a combined experience of However, if landfill sites can be Additionally, it was important to find over 45 years in regeneration, brought back into meaningful use as methods that were financially cost land management and green spaces, then their effect is effective and therefore viable. environmental improvement to minimalised. So the Trust has been the Trust. leading an innovative project to look The first phase of the project was to at ways of bringing landfill sites consult landfill operators and establish Alison Whitehead joins the LRT back into use as useful public open their opinions on potential management from Groundwork Wigan and spaces. models. This yielded some very Chorley where she was Places valuable information, which was then Programme Manager. During her 7 There has been a minefield of issues used to trial the most feasible models at years at Groundwork, Alison and problems, which has stopped this landfill sites in the Thames Gateway. accomplished numerous notable happening in the past. Some sites The findings from these case studies achievements including completing having been poorly restored, others are now being compiled, with a final the Country’s first Doorstep Green. restored well but not to a state that can report out later this year. Development Alison will be responsible for the be usefully used. Even those that have Director David Beuzeval, remarked, North West and West Midlands been restored to a very high standard “The initial results are looking very regions. have not yielded their potential benefit encouraging. Considering the number due to the inherent liabilities and the of landfill sites all around the country statutory obligation to secure the site. this is a potentially very significant This has meant management for public report.” use has been a low priority. London’s Brighter and Better London has just got greener and were given away to coincide with World more colourful this summer thanks Environment Day are all hardy native to 1000 trees and 500 packets of wild species. They were taken by residents flower seeds that have been given to plant in their’s or their friend’s Joining the LRT from the Thames away to Londoners by the LRT. gardens, children took trees to plant at Estuary Partnership, Jonathan That’s enough trees to carbon their schools and community groups Ducker will be able to get off to a neutralise the emissions from 100 took them to plant around their flying start in his new role as the cars and produce enough oxygen for facilities. Trust’s Development Manger for the 10 000 people. Thames Gateway and South East. The trees were given away at this The wild flower seeds are part of the With an MSc in Environmental Trusts, “Growth for a Brighter Future” Conservation to his name he campaign. The native seeds, including already has a track record of poppy, cornflower, yarrow and ox eye successful work in the Thames daisy, which as well as adding colour to Gateway. the environment are a vital building block in the eco system as they Ruth Potter will be responsible for encourage bio-diversity, by attracting development in Yorkshire. Ruth insects and butterflies, which in turn will brings a wealth of experience to the attract birds and small mammals. role, including over 11 years as a Landscape and Ecological Deborah Holmwood the LRT’s Director Consultant working with a variety of of Communications and Policy, organisations. commented. “By encouraging people to plant trees and seeds whilst promoting Euan Hall Chief Executive of the the numerous benefits of doing so, we LRT comments, “The Trust’s 10 are hopefully helping to improve green year goal was to sustainably spaces across the Capital.” manage 10, 000 hectares of land, at summers Camden Green Fair in the end of year two we already have Regents Park as part of the LRT’s, Deborah continued, “Open space has over 25,000 hectares being offered “Growth for a Better Future” campaign, many proven benefits; - better health, to us. We have already started to which has so far seen the Trust give reduced crime, increased social well solve the problem of enduring away 6000 trees. The Mountain Ash, being, improved environmental quality derelict land and with three new Bird Cherry and Downy Birch, which and reduced pollution.” experienced members of staff we will be able to deliver even more.” For an alternative profile see the back page. Former Miner Officially Opens Kiveton Dinnington Launch Former miner Mr J Oliver, returned to the site of his former workplace at Kiveton Colliery on Sunday 25 June to officially open the attractive new Event Only a few weeks early a similar Woodland, which has now replaced scars of mining. launch was held at Dinnington. However this event was kept lower Mr Oliver cut the ribbon key because unlike Kiveton, where and started an exciting there are some open and even spaces day of family fun to which are ideal for community celebrate the opening of events, the geography of Dinnington the new Kiveton is more undulating Community Woodland. There was an array of activities including a dog show, silver band, circus skills, may-pole dancing, a bouncy castle and a barbeque. There were also a number of interactive trials around the 59- hectare site. To round the evening off there was a special free dance event organised by local group JADE (Just Another Dance Event). The events therefore had a more natural James Smith, Forestry Commission Ranger for Kiveton Community Woodland, focus with crafts and interactive trails. comments, “Perhaps the most important element of the event was the opportunity Ruth continued “An important part of the for people to have their say on the future of the new wood and it’s usage, giving LRT’s and our managing partner’s their views on what they’d like to see happen, improve or develop.” The initial approach is to work on a site by site restoration of Kiveton was undertaken by Renaissance South Yorkshire, on behalf basis making the most of the natural of the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, utilising funding from features and geography of each site” English Partnerships National Coalfields Programme. Again a key part of the event was the Ruth Potter, the LRT’s Development Manager for the Kiveton site, comments “Just opportunity for local community to get to as the colliery was once the centre of the local community, this woodland is know their site and tell us their views something at the heart of the local community that people can be proud of and aspirations for its future therefore it’s very fitting that the new woodland is opened by a former miner. We development. hope that Mr Oliver approves of the new landscape.” Bellamy Endorses Trust at Park Opening Hundreds of people turned up at the feathered residents along. Such was owned by One NorthEast, lies just to soon to be LRT site of Weetslade, to the celebration the local Redburn the north of Gosforth Park and the witness world famous Brewery also brewed a limited edition former pit heap has long been seen as conservationist and TV personality ale to commemorate the opening – an important landmark in the local area. David Bellamy officially open the which went down particularly well To secure its future the LRT will take new country park. with the over 18's! over the park’s ownership with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Professor Bellamy gave the new site managing the site at a local level to his seal of approval, praising the ensure that the community wishes are approach taken in restoring the site; met. especially the creation of natural habitats that have allowed threatened Euan Hall, comments “It was an species such as the skylark to prosper. honour to welcome Professor Bellamy He also spoke passionately to the local to Weetslade Country Park. It was very community urging them to take pleasing to hear him speak so ownership of the site and take passionately about the value of local responsibility for protecting and ownership, which is one of the core developing it. beliefs of the LRT. This is why we fund local organisations such as There was a green theme to the event The former Colliery at Weetslade has Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT), with some great free activities for all the undergone an extensive programme of who have done a fantastic job family including guided walks, work to transform the redundant pit organising this event, to manage the scavenger trails, green woodworking heap into a wildlife area and community site at a local level.” with a local woodsmith, and Kielder green space with a new network of Birds of Prey Centre brought their access routes. The park, currently A Load of Rubbish 300 Octopuses Flying Trust helps Whitehaven Hundreds of children from in the Whitehaven Sky Bloom Doncaster were thrilled by a load The Whitehaven Coast was adorned Whitehaven is set for a colourful of rubbish at a special Recycling with a mass of colour on July 25 as summer thanks to the Trust. The Awareness event held at Bentley up to 300 kites took to the skies. The LRT have sponsored this years Community Woodland in the ‘octopus’ kites, so called because “Whitehaven in Bloom” and spring. their flowing tails look like tentacles, additionally have donated over were specially made by local 15000 native wildflower seeds, which The children enjoyed numerous fun children. will be planted by school children in activities with a recycling theme, the local area, including quizzes, trails, puppet Over 300 kites were been made and making, paper making and rubbish decorated by children from the Kells The 150 packets of wild flower seeds sorting. Whilst pencils and mugs Infants & St Mary's Catholic Primary are part of the Trust’s, “Growth for a made from recycled material were School. A team of kite makers, local Brighter Future” campaign. The seeds, given away as practical examples of artists and staff from the National Trust all native species including poppy, the many useful end products that and Copeland Borough Council helped cornflower, yarrow and ox eye daisy, can be obtained by recycling, the the children. All their hard work which as well as adding colour to the event also saw the launch of a culminated in the mass flying in July at environment are a vital building block in poster competition, which will help Kells Rugby Pitch near the Haig Mining the eco system as they encourage bio- spread the vital recycling message Museum. diversity, by attracting insects and even further. The posters were butterflies, which in turn will attract then distributed around the town to birds and small mammals. increase recycling awareness. Euan Hall, LRT Chief Executive, The event was organised by the commented, “Brightening up our public Forestry Commission Community space is about much more than making Rangers for South Yorkshire in them pleasing on the eye; well partnership with North Doncaster maintained green spaces provide many Kerbside Recycling, with funding proven health benefits. There is also no from Doncaster CEN, highlighted doubt that improving biodiversity is the importance of recycling. about more than plants and animals - it also improves the quality life for Furthermore the event’s venue, people.” Bentley Community Woodland, was especially significant, as Helen The LRT has agreements to take on Walton, one of the Forestry the ownership of the Rhodia (known Commission’s Community Rangers locally as Marchon) and former Haig for South Yorkshire, explains “The Colliery sites. This land will be Community Woodland at Bentley is managed as green space for the itself an excellent example of benefit of the local community as part recycling – it is now an attractive of a wider Whitehaven coastal project. green space under the ownership of the LRT, however, less than 10 Euan continued, “The core aims of the years ago it was a derelict coalfield, LRT are about making things better for which was an eyesore. “ the communities around our sites by The event was organised by the providing open spaces and amenities National Trust, on behalf of the Land that improve peoples lives. Donating Restoration Trust (LRT), as part of the the seeds and sponsoring Whitehaven Whitehaven Coastal Project. Giles in Bloom is a way to show that our Hovendon, the National Trust Project commitment to the Whitehaven Manager for the Whitehaven Coast, community goes much further than our commented, “It was amazing to see so coastal sites. “ much colour in the sky, the children have created some really stunning kites.” Alison Whitehead, the Trust’s Development Manager for the coastal project, commented, “The vision for the future of the Whitehaven coast is as a valuable amenity for the community and this is a great example of just one of the ways the open space can be used.” addressing the causes. Research The Miracle Cure shows that only 37% of men and 25% Annual Review “It should be available on the NHS.” of women currently achieve the – Frank Timms of Bentley, boldly recommended levels of activity. It’s a Nominated for Top declares. However Frank’s not talking about a miracle drug, a very simple equation; activities, such as Award the health walks improve people’s The LRT annual review was groundbreaking treatment or health, which therefore reduces nominated in two categories in the pioneering therapy – unusual as it sickness and consequently the money prestigious Property Advertising may seem he’s talking about spent curing sickness. However, all this Marketing and Design Awards walking. means nothing if there is nowhere to (PAMADA). Frank is one of an ever-increasing walk and the key issue is; not everyone group of people who have been has somewhere pleasant and safe to enjoying a series of guided health walk, especially those who could walks around the LRT’s South benefit the most.” Yorkshire Sites. The Health Walks are organised and led by rangers from the Louise Newell, Forestry Commission Forestry Commission, the Trust’s Ranger for Bentley Community managing partners. The walking routes Woodland, comments “We are working are structured so that they gradually hard to show the multiple benefits of increase in length and difficulty, exercise through our Active Woods therefore gently building fitness without health-push. The walks are attracting over exertion. people of all ages, although our youngest participant doesn’t leave her pushchair! It is such a simple activity however it can help tackle issues such as teenage obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many more. Almost as important, however, is that the walks are fun and they are very much a social event. Last year the Trust swept the board Therefore not only are people getting winning several awards. This year the healthier, they are also enjoying number of awards were significantly themselves and the community is reduced. So competition was intense coming together.” and the LRT found itself in a very strong section, which included Canary Frank’s point, although made casually, Wharf. Unfortunately we were unable Euan Hall concludes, “If we can invest is a very important one. Millions of to sustain our winning run, finishing a in quality well maintained spaces that pounds are spent every year treating close second to Canary Wharf in one are places where people are happy to problems and conditions caused by section and Preston City Vision in walk - then we won’t need to spend inactivity. Euan Hall, Chief Executive of another. millions solving problems associated the LRT, asserts, “Currently we are with inactivity.” treating the symptoms without really Deborah Holmwood, the Trust’s Communications Director, Probably the Best Promotional Giveaway in the commented, “We were disappointed World not to win, however it’s a fantastic achievement to be nominated when Giving away trees always proves conference circuit. you compare our marketing resources popular whenever we are at events. However, we have to doff our caps and to Canary Wharf’s and the other big The Wildflower seeds have provoked bow down to the Northumberland corporate organisations. That we can a lot of interest. The Fill the Mug not Wildlife Trust our partners at the produce something that matches their the Bin Mugs, worked well for World Weetslade site for producing probably quality is a triumph in itself. I don’t Environment Day and the ubiquitous the best giveaway in the World - Beer. image that staff at Canary Wharf’ had LRT pens are now famous on the to be press ganged into acting as For the official opening of the models for their publication!” Weetsalde Site they commissioned the local Redfearn Brewery to produce a special limited edition ale. Named Drill Head, after the sculpture, which is located at the top of the site, the beer went down very very well at the event. LRT beer expert Michael Parr (co- incidentally first in line to volunteer to staff the event) commented, “This is the best promotional item, I’ve seen (tasted) although it didn’t last very long and the day after I couldn’t remember anything about it.” group the conversation and team story proved to be very true, as LRT Xmas Do bonding stretched long into the night. Deborah spectacularly crashed several Never ones to blindly follow times at great speed, whilst Robin convention, the Trust had its The second day was at an outdoor chugged around enjoying the scenery Christmas do in January. The team activities centre in the Lake District. eventually finishing second behind headed up to Cumbria to combine First up was the nemesis of the Estates Development Director David Beuzeval the ‘Christmas do’ with the monthly Team quad biking and an extreme off with a cursing Deborah some way management meeting, team bonding road journey on an Abbot Battle Tank. behind in a cloud of horse muck. session and visits to future LRT For these activities we were split in two sites. big groups a healthy team spirit Next up was Clay Pigeon Shooting with ensued. Then the activities started to the exception of Paul, who had sneakily We met at the Rum Story in get competitive and all manner of dirty done it before, the standard of shooting Whitehaven for a lunch with some of tricks were employed. was pretty poor. Sue left the rest of the our partners who are based locally team scrambling for cover after firing (with Euan’s love of sailing and the rest too soon, Christine got confused of the teams love of alcohol it’s the thinking ‘pull’ was a instruction to ‘pull’ perfect venue). The team were then the trigger and the safest place to stand taken on a tour of the Whitehaven on David Beuzeval’s turn would have Coast to our sites at Rhodia and Haig. been directly behind the clay. It was January, it was cold and very windy and two groups quickly formed; group one marched on ahead at the front just loving the great outdoors; Firstly go-karting. Racing in groups of three, each team member got two races. The track doubled as a stable, so the racing surface was somewhat organic. Finance Director Paul Bowman proved to be top driver with two first places: - his strategy of getting to the first corner at all costs (i.e starting before everybody else) The final activity was archery. Robin followed by steady defensive driving lived up to his hooded namesake proved to be unbeatable. The final race proving particularly adept at firing on proved to be a real life Hare V Tortoise one leg, whilst Mike was left cursing whilst group two huddled together at contest with Deborah ‘Road Rage’ cruel fate as arrow after arrow bounced the back just dreaming of a warm pub. Holmwood taking on Robin ‘Sunday off the target. Back at the hotel and together as one Driver’ Gray. The moral of the original Trust Secures Agreement for Green Space in Thames Gateway The Land Restoration Trust has an appropriate buffer zone between the Thames Gateway South Essex secured an agreement to obtain the wetland reserve public amenity and the Partnership, have been working freehold of the site at Vange neighbouring urban area, setting a seal together to deliver a range of Marshes in Basildon. on the site’s integrity and sustainable greenspace projects in south Basildon future. as part of the Greengrid within Thames The 4.5 hectare site at Vange Marsh Gateway. Securing the future North is part of an open space network Development Manager for Thames ownership and management of the EP- comprising Vange and Fobbing Marsh, Gateway Jonathan Ducker remarked owned land at Vange Marsh North will Pitsea Marsh and Wat Tyler Country “Securing long-term ownership and contribute to provision of quality Park. The site is located directly south management of the EP-owned land at greenspace in Basildon for existing and of Pitsea. The land is owned by English Vange Marsh North will deliver a future communities. Partnerships and forms an important number of local and regional objectives buffer between Vange and Fobbing for greenspace. We are delighted to be Jonathan continues, “We are working marshes and the industrial and built helping to deliver the Greening the hard with a number of partners to environment of Pitsea. It is also Gateway Strategy and, in particular, the ensure that development in the Thames essential for the effective and Greengrid for South Essex.” Gateway includes sustainable open sustainable hydrological and visitor spaces. Vange Marshes will become management of Vange Marshes. The A partnership that includes Basildon the LRT’s first site in the Gateway LRT have an agreement to take on District Council, Basildon Renaissance however we are heavily involved in the ownership with an endowment to Partnerships, RSPB and the Land developments of a number of sites, so enable the successful management of Restoration Trust, with the support of a many more will follow.” Vange Marsh North. We will maintain number of partners including the Events Inside Information on our New Starters You’ve read about their professional life now find a little more about During the Spring and Summer we have them as people………… been involved in a packed programme of events. In addition to the community launches, mentioned in more detail Jonathan Ducker, Development Manager elsewhere, we have addressed delegates at numerous high profile national events Jonathan Ducker is also known as Johny such as Chartered Institute of Housing Road Rage due to his Rooney-esque temper Conference, Regenex, National on the football field – (sadly there’s no other Regeneration Conference. football similarities with Rooney other than looking a bit like a potato). He once suffered the humiliation of being chased by his dad Coalfield Board after getting sent off in a key match – he was In March we organised a special seminar 21 at the time. Jonathan lets off steam by about the LRT’s methodology at the Lowry in fishing, his skill with the rod, however, is Manchester. This event was aimed at and somewhat overshadowed by his skill for attracted delegates from English falling in the water. Not surprisingly therefore, Partnerships, RDA’s and local authorities in one of the two celebrities Jonathan would former coalfield areas. The programme invite to his dream dinner party would be covered our investment strategy, our Jacques Costeau. Even less surprising his approach to managing open space and the second guest would be Oliver Reed, but that’s a whole different story. He process of our endowment calculations. Our is passionate about promoting the sustainable use of our seas and colleagues from English Partnerships protecting marine life. Perhaps this is why one of his ambitions is to swim Nicholas Hartley and Simon Dancer who with Great White Sharks – outside the cage (promoting the sustainable use spoke about the National Land Use of the seas by donating himself as fish food). Database (NLUD) and EP’s Best Practice Note for endowments respectively also joined us. The seminar provoked some very Alison Whitehead, Development Manager positive and interesting discussion. Alison is a keen walker with a love of the Future Events countryside, she’d love nothing more than to live up in the Lake District, even in a static September caravan. When we asked Alison who her 19 – 20 Making Places Profitable, Sheffield ideal party guest would be she said Jesus. We all thought this was a very admirable October answer, however, she went on to explain this 2 World Conference on Accelerating was because he could show her how to turn Excellence in the Built Environment, water into wine. At this point we knew she’d Birmingham fit right into the LRT team. When she was 13 RTPI Open Space, London younger her ambition was to be a vet and she states her greatest achievement to date is joining the LRT (so draw your own November conclusion about any connection between 8 CIRIA Contaminated Land Conference, those two facts). London 22-34 Thames Gateway Forum, London Ruth Potter, Development Manager Ruth would like to point out once and for all that she’s is no relation to ‘Harry Potter’, so should you meet in the future there is no The Land Restoration Trust need to ask because it’s getting a little Arpley House tiresome. Ruth graduated from Hogwarts 110 Birchwood Boulevard School of Wizardry with an A in potions – Birchwood yet she still makes awful tea. Ruth joined the Warrington WA3 7QH Trust after battling Lord Voldemort for several years. She has one pet owl and Tel: 01925 644830 enjoys a good game of quiddich at Fax: 01925 644692 weekends. (sorry Ruth but that’s what firstname.lastname@example.org happens when you don’t return the www.landrestorationtrust.org.uk questionnaire).