A water feature at Shroggs Park Halifax decorated with Halloween graphics.


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Spooky Trail @ Shroggs Park

Friday 3rd November 2023

Recently we wrote about the collaborative work happening in Shroggs Park which hopes to deliver improvements designed to make the area more welcoming, attractive and accessible. The signs are that the hard work is certainly paying off and on Saturday 28th October, 90 residents of all ages descended on the park for some spooky Halloween fun.

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Active Parks

Monday 23rd October 2023

Parks and green spaces are central to all three of our corporate priorities – Reducing Inequalities, Tackling Climate Change and Creating Strong, Thriving Towns. They are widely recognised as important community assets within the Borough, providing free, local and accessible opportunities for residents to be active and enjoy themselves.​ 

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Evaluating Impact at Cromwell Bottom

Friday 6th October 2023

Evaluating the impact of active projects within Calderdale plays a vital role in the whole systems approach employed by Active Calderdale. To achieve this goal, certain projects are given support on a local level (e.g., surveys, workshops, focus groups) to understand how these projects are having an impact on Calderdale residents.

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Love Shroggs Park

Friday 28th July 2023

Shroggs is steeped in history and the Grade II listed park is a prime example of Victorian philanthropy in action. Transformed by mill owner Edward Akroyd as a recreational space for his mill workers, the park opened in 1881 and has been at the heart of the community ever since. The area includes local woodland, a skate park, football pitches, a play park and is home to the popular Halifax parkrun. The park also has diverse tree and plant species which are important for pollinating insects and local wildlife!
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A Visit to Cromwell Bottom

Wednesday 2nd November 2022

A former quarry, landfill site and ash tip do not sound like the location of one of Calderdale’s best-kept secrets. Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, however, is just that! Taking advantage of its ash-rich soil and abundant water, it is home to some of Calderdale’s most diverse habitats for fauna and flora. Surrounded by the river Calder and the canal, it really is a hidden gem, highlighted by our recent guided tour and video below!

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  2. Lower valley
  3. Walking
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From Community Garden to Cleaning up Ovenden – The Paddock’s Meet & Move story

Wednesday 16th June 2021

When we meet, can we move? That’s the question that we are asking every organisation in Calderdale this summer. We’re asking this because we believe that when we move, we’re stronger – the Paddock Community Garden in Ovenden showcase this perfectly.

The Paddock is a newly built community garden sitting in the midst of three council estates in Ovenden (Rugby, Athol and Grove). It serves a large and diverse community, old and young with some ethnic minority groups too – it’s a place created to meet and to move.

  1. When we move, we’re stronger
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