Bovis Homes backs school's green initiative

Monday, November 11, 2013

The garden of the show home at Uplands Mill, Biddulph

Pupils close to our Uplands Mill development in Biddulph are getting closer to nature thanks to support from Bovis Homes.

A patch of tarmac at Oxhey First School has been transformed into a haven for flora and fauna with help of a donation of £4,500 from Bovis Homes, which went towards supplying labour and machinery for the environmental project.

Craig Galley, site manager for Bovis Homes, said: "We've developed a great relationship with Oxhey First School and as a housebuilder, green spaces and environmental management play an important part in our design for new developments.

"I'm sure the children will benefit from this new addition to their facilities for many years to come and maybe it will inspire a budding landscape designer who will come and work for us in the future."

The new garden features raised beds, vegetable patches and a wildlife garden and was designed by local garden designer and former pupil Angela Turner.

She said: "The idea was to try to be as creative as possible and give the children lots of different areas to explore. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out."

Headteacher Sally Oxley was also delighted with the new eco look, which represents the first phase of a project which will also see more fruit and vegetables patches being introduced.

"It is incredibly important for children to learn how to grow their own produce and identify plants and wildlife at an early age," she said. "We already have a few chickens and vegetable patches and the children spend their lunchtimes gardening.

"It will look fantastic by summer when it's brimming with flowers and plants. We're very grateful to everyone who's supported this project and helped Angie's amazing vision to become reality."