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Clifton school receive barn owl nest box from local housebuilder

Clifton school receive barn owl nest box from local housebuilder

Luxury housebuilder Mulberry Homes have been providing homes for a different kind of customer in Bedfordshire – barn owls. 

New Barn Owl Nest Box at Mulberry Homes' Clifton Gardens

Mulberry Homes has donated a specially-made barn owl nest box to Clifton All Saints Academy, close to its Clifton Gardens development in Clifton. 

Rebecca Byrne, Headteacher at Clifton All Saints Academy, said: “We are exceptionally grateful to Mulberry Homes for donating the Owl Box to Clifton All Saints Academy. 

“We are very lucky to have a beautiful woodland area at the back of the school and have often seen foxes and Red Kites in our grounds. The children are very excited that an Owl may make his home in our grounds. The Owl Box has certainly captured the children's interest and will provide real life contexts for learning.” 

Alongside donating a brand-new barn owl nest box to Clifton All Saints Academy, Mulberry Homes also had a second nest box specially-made for Clifton Gardens. 

Last October, Mulberry Homes installed its first nest box on the development to benefit a barn owl which often visits the site. 

A barn owl photographed by Mulberry Homes Photography Calendar winner, Duncan Fossey

Kerry Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at Mulberry Homes, said: “We have strong ecological values here at Mulberry Homes, and love whenever we can do our bit for the environment and local wildlife. 

“Donating a barn owl nest box to Clifton All Saints Academy felt like a natural decision, since we have a barn owl living on our Clifton Gardens developments. It’s been such a joy for us, and we wanted to do something that allowed the schoolchildren to experience that joy too. 

“Since installing the first nest box in October, it’s been a great source of pride for us at Mulberry Homes to have a barn owl take up residence there, and we’re looking forward to seeing to second nest box become a home too.” 

Clifton Gardens is a beautiful collection of two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom homes, off Broad Street in Clifton. There is a home to suit everyone, with first time buyers, downsizers, families and those making their second move able to find something they can fall in love with. 

In 2022, Mulberry Homes is running a monthly community fund, called The Mulberry Community Chest. As part of the programme, charities and public organisations local to its developments are invited to apply to receive a one-off donation of £1 to £1000, and each month, a judging panel will select a beneficiary to secure the requested funding.

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