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Publication dateJune 2008 MBC130 Case Notes - Ghostriders in the Park Tipkinder Park in Crewe has been blessed with a new skate park and 300m BMX track. The park's previous bike track was the local haunt of the Cheshire Ghostriders Bike Club and produced the first UK Olympic BMX qualifier, Shanaze Reade. It is hoped the new track will create more opportunities for people to become engaged in the sport and help nurture Olympians of the future. Publication dateJune 2008 MBC131 Environmental Champion - Nes Brierley Source talks to Nes Brierley, member of I Bike MCR and Bike It officer for Sustrans about what she loves about cycling and why she feels increasing the use of sustainable transport is so important. Publication dateJune 2008 MBC132 Saving Ratty The water vole is the UK’s fastest declining mammal species thanks to a reduction in available habitats and the introduction of the predatory American mink. It is estimated that the species has lost 94% of its range making it a Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. James Fair follows two dedicated projects, the Northwest Lowlands Water Vole Project and the Cumbria Water Vole Project to learn about what’s being done to save these wonderful creatures. Publication dateJune 2008 MBC133 Spotlight - Tony Juniper Source talks to Tony Juniper as he gets ready to leave Friends of the Earth after six years as executive director. He discusses the successes he has seen over the past 20 years as an ardent environmentalist and highlights the challenges that still need to be overcome to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. Publication dateJune 2008 MBC134 Weir-ed and Wonderful During the industrial revolution mills generated their power by utilising the force of nearby rivers. Now in the 21st century micro-hydro schemes are popping up along our waterways using modern technology to generate green energy from our rivers. Jason Teasdale goes out to investigate various schemes located across the Northwest and learns about the challenges and opportunities faced by these small-scale hydropower schemes. Publication dateSeptember 2008 MBC135 Art in High Places As part of a wider regeneration strategy for East Lancashire, four new pieces of public art, collectively known as Panopticons, have been installed on remote hilltops around the region. The location of the new artwork was chosen to help people see the East Lancashire area from a new angle. Once you have trekked up a huge hill to visit one of the four pieces, you find yourself with an unrivalled view of the surrounding countryside that you would not ordinarily have seen. Louise Tickle examines the many challenges faced by the project and explores the benefits other pieces of public art have had on different areas across the Northwest. Publication dateSeptember 2008 MBC136 Environmental Champion - Susannah Bleakley Source talks to Susannah Bleakley of the Morecambe Bay Partnership, the driving force behind the proposed Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary regional park. She talks about her love for the bay as well as discussing the potential benefits that becoming a regional park could have on the area. Publication dateSeptember 2008 MBC137 Park Life Regional Parks are a new way of encouraging economic and environmental regeneration and can act as a catalyst for generating multiple social, economic and environmental benefits across a large area. Here in the Northwest we currently host 9 regional parks that have been inspired by the work done in Emscher Regional Park in the Ruhr in Germany - a prime example of how designation as a regional park can help encourage investment in urban and environmental regeneration. Gareth Chadwick explores the thinking behind the Northwest’s regional parks and talks to leading proponents of the schemes about what makes regional parks such a potent force for change.