Academic studies have shown that green spaces with a diversity of species are valuable not just for the environment, but for human health and wellbeing too. This is just one of the reasons we take great care in creating inviting, green open spaces that enhance local nature and wildlife, while also being enjoyable spaces for people to enjoy.
Both our larger rural developments and our small urban developments present interesting challenges and opportunities to support local biodiversity and open green spaces for customers. We have set an ambition to ensure that all our developments, no matter their location or size, bring together ecology, landscaping and surface water management in a way that adds value to the area, building upon what was already there or creating new enhancements.
To support this ambition, we have developed our Minimum Standards Framework for Ecology that outlines the core features we want to implement across our schemes. This has been supported by a suite of other initiatives, including introducing a new Scope of Works for our ecologists and new internal requirements for assessments and action plans with Key Performance Indicators.
We have also brought together, in one panel, our preferred landscape architects and ecologists to encourage more collaboration from the very start of our design process.
To find out more about how we're working to support our ambition for ecology and biodiversity on our developments, please read our Integrated Report.
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Our Bishop’s Brook development in Wells, Somerset has welcomed new residents – of the wildlife variety, such as otters and kingfisher birds – following extensive work we did to reinstate an original watercourse that runs through the development.
Bishop’s Brook is a brownfield, former factory site. Following 18 months of design development, the Environment Agency gave us permission to reinstate and restore the Keward Brook —the watercourse that pre-dated the factory. We have worked with our ecologists and designers to restore a wildlife corridor along the brook that provides a great environment for residents to enjoy and help local animals thrive. Dense shrubs, trees and vegetation have been planted along the corridor to encourage otters, kingfisher birds, bullfish and greater horseshoe bats to build their habitats on the development.
At our new development in Longcross, near the Chobham Common in the heart of Surrey, we are introducing large areas of public open space including a large nature park and two SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces).
The first of the two SANGs being created takes advantage of an existing pine woodland where we will create a circular footpath to provide residents easy access to this inviting and calm place to walk. A new woodland glade with pond will also be created to provide a new habitat for amphibians and reptiles. New bat pole roosts and boxes will feature to support an existing bat commuting route.
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