Back in 2015 the town’s community plan identified our environment and the town’s green spaces as important to keep, to make better and to make more use of.
In 2016 the opportunity arose for the community to take on the stewardship of 140 acres the towns parks, open spaces and river frontage. With the support of the Town Council this asset came across on a 99 year lease.
To take this land on – and to work with the community on new ideas and activities – a Community Land Trust was formed in 2017. Called Going Green for a Living Ltd it trades as Open Newtown. Much easier.
In 2018 Open Newtown won £1.1 million from the Lottery’s Community Asset Transfer fund to enable it to develop the lands assets and to establish the projects and partnerships that would allow Newtown’s green spaces to be managed in perpetuity for the community.
Legally we are a company limited by guarantee but you will hear us referring to ourselves as a social enterprise (and at times a not-for-profit company). These are all correct and mean we run as a company and must make a surplus to stay viable but that any surplus we do make we reinvest in our core purpose.
Our written objects revolve around working collaboratively with our community, engaging them in the sustainable management of natural resources and
Open Newtown is ‘owned’ by its Members. Our Members are all organisations from across Newtown who are involved with the towns environment and / or who make use of the towns green spaces.
Open Newtown is run by a volunteer Board who guide its work, support the staff and promote our work. Day-to-day a small staff team runs the projects and is supported by a large band of enthusiastic volunteers.
Plans to unlock the economic potential of the green spaces and river include creating opportunities for sports, recreation, events, well-being, tourism and the local economy and community.
Our current projects underway in the immediate future include:
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