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Snig Hole (Helmshore Memorial Park), Rossendale

Snig Hole (Helmshore Memorial Park), Rossendale


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


We are absolutely delighted that this project has been nominated for an award from the  Lancashire Environmental Fund.  It is a real honour even to be nominated! We find out the decision at the Annual Event on 25th September. Keep your fingers crossed for us!!  We worked closely with Rossendale Borough Council and Friends of Snig Hole Park on this project and it was a fine example of a real working partnership!

Snig Hole – before and after images – part 1

Snig Hole – before and after images – part 2

Snig Hole – work on site images


By the time you read this, all the signage will have been installed and the wildflower seed sown and starting to establish! 🙂


Better late than never! It’s been a busy couple of weeks but here are some lovely photos from the Easter Egg trail from Easter Monday. We worked with Friends of Snig Hole Park to hold a very successful Easter Egg Trail and 175 children signed up to take part!! This meant there were 450-500 people in the park – WOW! Talk about community spirit – the sun was shining too – a fabulous day 🙂


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

Client study Rossendale Borough Council


Today was the official launch for the park! This project has been 3 years in the making and many hours of hard work by the Friends of Snig Hole Park, Rossendale Borough Council and ourselves! The play area was made possible due to funding from Section 106 via Rossendale Borough Council and Lancashire Environmental Fund. There were also some very generous donations from local businesses including Rossendales, Solomon Commercials, Neary’s, Camfil and from local residents which have helped contribute to the additional seating, turf and raised beds. The boulder that houses the beautiful new entrance sign was donated by John Beames of Blast Clean & Paint Ltd. A big thank you also goes to Groundwork Landscapes Ltd for all their hard work, toiling through the wettest winter for 100 years to deliver such a fantastic play area. And thanks to Proludic Ltd for the innovative and original play equipment design, and to Durasport for the brilliant play surfacing. A special thank you to the pupils of Helmshore Primary School and St Veronica’s RC Primary School for their wonderful designs that will feature in the new entrance sign. Last but not least, thank you to Yvonne from the Friends group who has driven this project from day one. Having lived, breathed and dreamed of this play area for the last 3 years, it is now a reality!!

Andy and Alison  Andy trampoline

Boulder with sign  Anne and bro

Mayor speech 2  Zipwire


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Click on the link below for some great coverage of the official launch last week!

Snig Hole Park launch – press coverage – Lancashire Telegraph

And it featured in the Free Press too!




Snig Hole - Free Press 10.4.2014




Community action can improve the valley!!! – thanks to ‘The Scribbler’ for today’s piece in the Rossendale Free Press. Very proud of what has been achieved on this project and we are delighted that it is making such a difference.




Works almost complete – its looking amazing. We’re so excited – looking forward to feedback from the community 🙂

Snighole - 2 Feb 2014



Just been onsite at Snighole – it might be cold and raining but the site is looking fantastic!! The team at Groundwork Landscapes are doing a marvellous job and the children are going to LOVE the play equipment from Proludic! Durasport are on site next Monday to install the sand filled ‘carpet’ and work will begin to install the toddlers play equipment aswell. Happy times 🙂



A retaining wall! Doesn’t look much but exciting times for Snig Hole!




Please vote for Snig Hole Park to win a share of the Galaxy Hot Chocolate fund – thank you!! http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com/fund/Default.aspx?p1=friends-of-snig-hole-park



See attached image for the new play features that will be available for toddlers 🙂



Work has begun!! All things drainage at the mo – starting to get a bit muddy!!



The contractors have been appointed – they are Groundwork Landscapes from Holcombe, Bury. Work will start on site Monday 28 October and weather permitting (!) we’re aiming for a 16 week turnaround. DuraSport are supplying and installing the safety surfacing and Proludic will be supplying the play equipment. The Group are now seeking sponsorship from local businesses towards extra items such as benches, picnic tables and planters etc – if you can help, please get in touch! Thank you



Just a quick update for you – the play equipment has been selected and ordered and the installation contract is being finalised. We’re hoping for work to start on site before the end of October and all works to be finished for Christmas. There will be a launch event in the Spring 2014



We did it! With the help the local community, Friends of Snighole Park and Rossendale Borough Council we have managed to secure £162,000 to spend on improvements in Helmshore Memorial Park / Snighole. Next steps are to finalise the design and get the work out to tender. Well done everyone!



From the community consultation evening held on the 15.11.12 please see below the revised plans for the park / play area. We have tried to incorporate as many of people’s ideas as practicably possible. The next step now is to secure the section 106 potentially available and apply for funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund. Fingers crossed everyone!





Thanks for coming to our community consultation evening last night. We got loads of constructive feedback which will help shape the design further. We will have an upto date plan ready to view by 30.11.12. Stay tuned!




The sketch design is ready to view! Please click on the icon below to view the sketch design! This is the initial interpretation of the consultation results. Please feedback your thoughts by clicking on the ‘tell us what you think’ icon or even better come and join us at the meeting planned for Thursday 15th at 7.30pm at Sunnybank Social Club. The plan can also be viewed in the parks noticeboard. Looking forward to hearing from you all!




The date for the consultation evening is set for the Thursday 15th at 7.30pm at Sunnybank Social Club. Make sure you come down and have your say.


We are getting great feedback from the questionnaire which was distributed recently. From the results we will put together a sketch design for people to comment on. Watch this space to view it soon. Also we will hold and advertise a public meeting so people can view and discuss options. This will probably take place in mid November.




Please see below a link for a questionniare. Please click on the link, print off, fill and send in to Proffitts – Investing in Communities. We welcome any feedback / direction from the local community. Please note the questionnaire phase is now closed.




Friends of Snig Hole Park recently approached Proffitts – Investing Communities to help consult local people, produce proposals based on consultation and then fundraise in order to make improvements in the park.

The project is in its very early stages, with consultation due to start in the next two weeks in the form of a questionnaire, which will then lead on to an open public meeting. Make sure you log in every now and then to see how the project is progressing and give feedback.

The Friends of Snig Hole Group also have a web site, which aims to give as much up to date information as possible. Check it out and make it one of your favourites:




Revised sketch design

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