Northern Roots Newsletter December 2020

Hello from the Northern Roots team and welcome to our December newsletter – a chance to update you on how the project is developing and how you can get involved.


“The Northern Roots Bike Hub is a fantastic opportunity to develop a safe environment for cycling. Let’s make our voices heard and push for this amazing opportunity for our local town” Matt Walls, GB Cycling Team & Oldham resident


Northern Roots is applying for funding to create a ‘state of the art’ Bike Hub & Trails facility on the Northern Roots site. What would YOU like to use, learn or operate at the Bike Hub? Consultation runs till 18th December. Please get involved, complete our short survey and share widely with your friends and family!


The Bike Hub & Trails consultation will be followed by an intense phase of consultation about the wider proposals for Northern Roots. It will explore the potential for sport, growing, learning, leisure and much more, and help inform a planning application for the site. Consultation information will be available on Northern Roots webpage later this month – please get involved and share information and surveys with your networks.


Interested in becoming a Community Food Growing Volunteer? Northern Roots has teamed up with Alexandra Park Growing Hub to create a new growing project on the Northern Roots site. The project will grow fresh fruit and veg that is distributed across Oldham to communities in need.  If you fancy getting involved, please register your interest by 5th January 2021.


Want to find out more about our plans for carbon, biodiversity and green energy on the 160-acre Northern Roots site? Francis Hesketh, ecologist at The Environment Partnership, shares our approach in this new feature on our website.

You can find out  more about the vision for Northern Roots here:

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"I was born in Oldham and ride for the Great Britain cycling team and a professional World Tour Road team called Bora-Hansgrohe. I started riding mountain bikes aged eight. I used to ride with my dad over Crompton Moor and Saddleworth. There were no specific trails in the Oldham area, so we had to make our own" Matt Walls, GB Cycling Team
Fancy becoming a Northern Roots Community Food Growing Volunteer and making a difference to local communities? Register your interest by 5th January 2021!