West Howe is bordered by Turbary and Kinson Commons - designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and home to rare species including the Dartford Warbler and sand lizards.
The area, which is home to around 10,000 residents, has three schools (Heathlands Primary, Elmrise Primary and Oakmead College of Technology), two youth clubs (the Henry Brown and the House of Destiny), the Fernheath Play Association for after-school and holiday clubs, a Children's Centre, a library and three churches (St Philip's, Cornerstone and House of Destiny). There's also a health clinic in Cunningham Crescent.
An important community building is the Inspiring Change Shop on Cunningham Crescent, which offers low cost donated items and hosts a range of activities including arts and crafts, coffee mornings and volunteering opportunities within the local area.
There's also a pharmacy, post office and general store.
This is a close-knit community and whatever your age or interests there are a raft of activities and events to join in with.