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Housebuilder supports bumblebees of Aston on Trent

An East Midlands housebuilder has partnered with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) to support the conservation of bumblebees in Aston on Trent.

Redrow Homes East Midlands’ Woodlands Nook, which is situated off Maple Drive, has joined the plight of the bumblebee by introducing pollinator-friendly habitats across its grounds.

The development is one of Redrow’s pollinator flagship projects, created with the intention of helping to boost the number of bumblebees, as well as other wildlife, across the UK.

Building awareness with new residents, Redrow Homes East Midlands is also offering all completions at the development membership to the BBCT. Each membership includes factsheets, bee-friendly wildflower seeds, a car window sticker, postcards and a fold-out bumblebee identification guide.

As well as a wildflower meadow area, the housebuilder is working in partnership with the Trust to ensure the wider planting plans meet the needs of the bumblebee. This will include plants that are rich in nectar, as well as those with flowering times which range across the year to ensure a good supply of nectar from early summer, when the bees emerge, throughout the year.

Residents will be encouraged to create a haven for bumblebees in their own gardens, introducing flowers rich in pollen and nectar, such as sedum, lavender, alliums, herbs and wild roses.

Mary Timlin, Sales Director for Redrow Homes East Midlands, said:

“At Redrow, we strive to not only create beautiful homes, but to build responsibly through supporting local nature and habitats.

"We have joined forces with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to help increase the success of bumblebee colonies, and to improve their wellbeing, not just at Woodlands Nook, but at our developments across the UK. 

“We endeavour to not only inform and empower our residents, but to ensure that our gardens and open spaces form part of a wider eco-friendly habitat that will be established for the future.”

The partnership at Woodlands Nook forms part of a wider Redrow Homes’ strategy to build responsibly across the housebuilder’s developments nationwide-wide. 

Families moving to Woodlands Nook will also receive a copy of Bumblebee Cottage, the latest in a series of books written by the sales director for Redrow Midlands, Pauline Turnbull, to help children understand more about moving home.

The latest book focuses on two bumblebees looking for a new family home, and encourages children to learn more about nature and, in particular, the plight of the bumblebee. 

Woodlands Nook is situated in the thriving village of Aston on Trent, and yet is just six miles south east of Derby city centre, and the A50 and junction 24 of the M1 are easily accessible. 

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