I had the opportunity to contribute my story to this study –  Lifelong outdoor enthusiasts’ engagement with nature-based activities later in life. I owe so much to my outdoor activities and strongly believe the government should be making public recreation a higher priority than high performance sport for both physical and mental long term benefits. Covid-19 and lockdown highlighted this in so many ways. Sport ground to a halt. Organised team and group activities, gathering in facilities, spectating – all suffered, but in response everyone started walking, cycling and post level 4 we started exploring activities that didn’t require facilities, teams, organisations – just getRead More →

I’m on our local community board, and we currently have a small noticeboard at the entrance to our library in the village. Typical of such notice boards it rarely gets updated and probably few people even know it exists. My response is to set up an electronic notice board in the library window which will cycle through a series of screens with useful information. Some of this will be standard fare such as who the board members are and how to contact us, other ways to access community information (monthly newspaper, Facebook page and website https://eastbourne.nz). The notice board is intended to be accessible to those locals whoRead More →