Tourism, leisure & culture

Stubbylee and Moorlands Park awarded the coveted Green Flag Award for the second year

Published on July 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm

beautifulgardens in stubbylee park

In a record-breaking year Stubbylee and Moorlands Park is raising its prestigious Green Flag Award again. 

Rossendale Council is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Stubbylee and Moorlands Park in Bacup one of 2208 UK winners. 

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. 

duck pond at stubbylee park

After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Stubbylee and Moorlands Park has again achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

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Rossendale Forest campaign wins regional PR award

Published on June 22, 2022 at 9:08 am

logo of Rossendale Forest showing graphic of trees

Rossendale Council has won a regional Public Sector PR award in recognition of the Rossendale Forest initiative.  

The council were announced as the winners of the category at the PRCA DARE Awards 2022(North West) ceremony in Manchester.   

The winning Public Sector Award focused on the Rossendale Forest project and the impact it’s had in just a few short months. 

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Skaters help secure funding for improvements

Published on March 14, 2022 at 3:20 pm

Rossendale Borough Council have secured £98,000 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company to help with the refurbishment of the Stubbylee Skate Park. 

Local skaters approached Rossendale Council to work together to help them to improve the skate park.  

Skater Jack Nuttall said: “We initially contacted Cllr Andrew Walmsley to ask if anything could be done to improve the quality of the skate park surface and the ramps, they are old but still really well used.

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Community raises more than £190k towards new track at Marl Pits

Published on February 25, 2022 at 1:10 pm

Work will soon begin to rip up the old Marl Pits running track in Rawtenstall and replace it with a state-of-the-art new all-weather facility. 

Thanks to a massive community effort which involved Rossendale Harriers, Rossendale Triathlon Club, Rossendale Leisure Trust and special needs sports club Rossendale Rays, £190,700 was raised in just six months.

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Welcome Back Fund sees series of family events planned across Rossendale

Published on October 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Rossendale council have a series of events planned across Rossendale this autumn as part of the drive to encourage more people into town centres. 

Local councils across the country received money from the government earlier in the year to help assist in attracting people back to our high streets after the challenges of the last eighteen months. 

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Visitor hot spots helping to highlight new South Pennines Park

Published on September 16, 2021 at 11:07 am

Areas within the new South Pennines Park are singing from the same hymn sheet – as stencilled lyrics have started to appear to visitor hot spots.

So far, the blue ‘graffiti’ featuring the final verse of the song ‘Chimneys, Moors and Me’ by folk due O’Hooley and Tidow has appeared outside the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford, Sunnyhurst Woods in Darwen, Bacup town centre in Rossendale and Towneley Park in Burnley – all areas within the new South Pennines Park.

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South Pennines launches alternative National Park

Published on September 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm

An alternative National Park — covering 460 square miles of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester — including Rossendale, was launched today.

South Pennines Park aims to champion the landscape, its people and businesses in order to bolster recognition and unlock resources for the only upland in England that is not a designated National Park or Area of Outstanding Beauty.

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Transformation of the Whitaker takes a step forward

Published on May 29, 2020 at 3:37 pm

An exciting £1.9million National Lottery-funded transformation of The Whitaker in Rawtenstall will begin in June after local firm B&E Boys was awarded the contract.

The project which includes converting the former barn and stables is being delivered by Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with the Whitaker CIC and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with matched funding of £189,950 from the council.

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Have your say on walks around the borough

Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

A special walking summit is being held to let people give their views on how to boost walking activities in Rossendale.

Rossendale’s Together an Active Future project is looking at how to encourage a more active community and want your input on making it easier for people.

It is hosting a walking summit on Wednesday, February 27th at The Riverside in Whitworth, OL12 8DP.

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Christmas lights bring festive sparkle to Rossendale

Published on November 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

Rossendale is set to glitter this Christmas as festive lights turn on across the borough.

Fun performances, parades and tasty food will entertain the crowds before the lights turn on to mark the official start of Christmas.

Whitworth is first to light up on Sunday, November 24th at the Civic Hall at 6pm.

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