This project is now complete – thank you to everyone for the support!


Sunflower from Western Park launch is finally blooming thanks



Just a couple more photos from the opening event yesterday. We were delighted that the Mayor, Tom Aldred, officially opened the newly refurbished Western park on behalf of Stacksteads Countryside Park Group (SCPG)

Stacksteads Countryside Park Group have worked closely with Proffitts – Investing in Communities CIC, to secure £84,690 funding to carry out the work. SCPG would like to thank Rossendale Borough Council, Biffa-Award, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Newground Together and Lancashire County Council for all their contributions towards the total funds raised.

The young people in the surrounding area also raised £500 towards the improvements by holding a sponsored walk. Improvements and upgrades to the park include a brand new kick-about surface, new fencing and a new Junior play unit.

‘This is now a fantastic facility right in the heart of Stacksteads. It was a pleasure for Proffitts to have worked on this project with Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, along with the local children and residents’ Martin Proffitt, Proffitts

 ‘This was a community led project from the start, when local youths complained that the old football pitch in the park wasn’t fit for purpose, through the fundraising process when residents sold raffle tickets, during the opening event when neighbours provided facilities for hot drinks and Fearns played a display 5-a-side match – and beyond that to the efforts still being made by Cohen’s Chemist to raise funds for additional seating on the park. It’s great when everyone gets involved this way’ Cllr Jackie Oakes




What a fabulous day for an opening!! After a lovely welcome speech from Terry, Chair of Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, there were pie and peas for the adults and a lovely teddy bears picnic for the younger ones. Fearns Sports College enjoyed a 5 a side tournament and there were prizes given to children who won the competition to design a welcome sign.

Thank you to our partners and funders @BiffaAward @LancsEnvFund @togetherhousing #Rossendale

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Final push at Western Park  – dodging the hail showers! Nearly May!

Final push Western Park


The pitch is complete! We think it looks fab – what do you think?

Western Park complete



The pitch prepared for the underlay – please keep off for a few more days – it’ll soon be finished 🙂

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Underlay delivered to the park ready for the new pitch!!




The drains have been installed and 80% of the pitch area has been stoned up and levelled ready for the sand filled carpet. This won’t be laid until the new year but the site is being prepared ready. The new kick about area fencing will start to be installed towards the end of this week into next week, and the ground prepared ready for the new junior unit. This will also be delayed until the new year for safety reasons (so as not to encourage anyone onto the site over the holidays as the site is unsafe).

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A couple of photos of the site today – the drains are almost complete and the kick about area is being ‘stoned up’, ready for the new artificial grass surfacing.

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Construction work started on site during the first week in November and is now well underway. The old surfacing has been removed and new drainage is currently being installed. If the weather remains relatively dry, it is hoped that the majority of works will be completed by Christmas

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Work is progressing well on the improvements and upgrades to the park 🙂

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£84,690 secured for improvements to Western Park, Stacksteads

We are delighted to confirm that funding worth £84,690 has been secured for improvement and upgrade works to Western Park, Stacksteads.

Stacksteads Countryside Park group (SCPG) have been working closely with Proffitts CIC, Rossendale Borough Council, Biffa Award, Lancashire Environmental Fund, the Together Foundation and Lancashire County Council to secure the £84,690 funding. The young people in the surrounding area also raised money towards the improvements by holding a sponsored walk, raising £500.

Due to regular waterlogging and a build-up of fallen leaves, the multi-use sports pitch had become virtually unusable. The fences around the ball area were also inadequate, leading to safety issues with the football going into the road. The funding secured will be used to install a new 5 a side kick about area complete with new drainage, a new, taller fence to two sides of the pitch and provide a new junior climbing frame.

Construction work has begun on site and is expected to last for several more weeks on site. For public safety, whilst the construction works are underway, there will be a temporary closure of parts of the park. SCPG ask that the local community bear with them whilst the work is completed on site and will be inviting the community to the official opening event and 5-a-side tournament sometime in the New Year.

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We are still waiting for a decision regarding the most recent funding application and we’re crossing our fingers that we will be successful. If so, we are hoping that work will start on site in Autumn of this year


Click the link below to view all the projects we have delivered, in partnership with Rossendale Borough Council, since 2008 – over £1 million worth of funding so far!

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Today, 18 young people turned out to take part in the sponsored walk at Western Park to raise funds for the park improvements. The Mayor was in attendance and presented goody bags and certificates and also drew the Raffle.

For pictures of the day, click on the SCPG website link below



Great coverage from the Rossendale Free Press this week!!

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This week Catherine and Jackie from Stacksteads Countryside Park Group, and Liz and Linda from Proffitts, took part in auditions for the Eggheads TV Quiz!!! All in an attempt at further fundraising for the project – it was a fun, and nerve wracking, experience. But will they get through??? Watch this space!


Proffitts have secured £44,000 from Lancashire Environmental Fund and Together Housing towards the project costs for improvements to Western park.  SCPG have submitted a funding application for the additional funds needed to carry out the improvements. The Community are busy fundraising towards the project costs and young people from the area are taking part in a fundraising walk at the park on the 2nd March (between 2pm and 4pm). The Mayor, Amanda Robertson is attending the event and will draw the winning tickets from the fundraising Raffle. Certificates and ‘goodie-bags’ will be presented to all the young people who take part in the walk. If anyone wants to sponsor a young person or take part in the walk, please turn up on the day!


Proffitts heard the good news today that we have conditionally secured £30,000 for the Western Park project. Fantastic news! Stacksteads Countryside Park Group are thrilled that this much needed play area transformation is one step closer. Total monies now secured £44,000 – over half way there!

Stacksteads Countryside Park Group are currently applying for grants to resurface the ball area of Western Park. There is a posible £50000 available from Inspired Facilities through the National Lottery, and an additional £30000 from the Lancashire Environment Fund. We would also like to include more play equipment for older children and are currently performing a second consultation with local residents and members of Stacksteads Countryside Park Group. A consultation form is available for downloading (see right) on which you can make your ideas count towards plans to improve the area and suit them to the needs of park users and local residents.  The closing date for the form submission is the 5th of April.


Western Park is a council owned playground in Stacksteads.  It currently suffers from poor flooring around children’s play area and the ball area cannot be used for much for the year because of poor drainage.  The fences around the ball area are also inadequate leading to safety issues when the ball goes into the road.


With Stacksteads Countryside Park Group leading this project, we will enable Western Park to be fully utilised by the local community.  The majority of the park is unusable due to poor and insufficient drainage and incorrect surfacing. There are high levels of anti-social behaviour in the local area and a renovated ball games will provide a safe place for local young people to play.  Better facilities will mean the local community can use the area for longer each year – encouraging healthy lifestyles, increasing levels of physical activity and providing greater opportunity to engage in sport and play.

Friday 4th Jan 2013, 12 noon till 2pm.  We need your help!  Tell us what you think of our play area proposals.  We are available on site for you to tell us what you think.  Dont miss out on a cup of tea & a biscuit!

Western Park – Sketch Option 1

Western Park – Option 2

Western Park Consultation Form