Countryside's Annual 'Tour de Sites' Raises Over £5000 for Charity


Countryside welcomed 124 cyclists to its annual ‘Tour de Sites’ race on Saturday 23 June, raising over £4,550 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Starting their tour at the Beaulieu development, on the north-eastern edge of Chelmsford, the cyclists, inspired by the Tour de France, embarked on a 50-mile tour of Essex, visiting Countryside’s housing developments, Little Hollows in Chignal Smealey and Hanbury Place in Chelmsford, and passing close to Tye Green, Meadow Rise and Great Notley Garden Village.

The event finished back at Beaulieu with a celebratory barbeque for all participants and supporters and a raffle, which raised £780 for a Countryside site manager’s son living with autism and cerebral palsy.

Once reserved as Henry VIII’s hunting ground, Countryside is working with L&Q to deliver 3,600 new homes at the 610-acre Beaulieu development, as well as an extensive range of community facilities, including two proposed primary schools and a secondary school. The range of housing types, from one to six-bedroom houses and apartments, will showcase different architectural styles, creating distinct neighbourhoods and new communities.

Graham Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside Partnerships South, said: “Tour de Sites is real a highlight within Countryside’s events calendar and always proves to be a hugely successful way of nurturing business relationships whilst enjoying the great outdoors and raising money for two incredibly worthy causes. We value every partner we work with and understand that without such close collaboration we cannot create great homes and thriving communities.

“This year was no exception and we are delighted to have raised a significant amount for Alzheimer’s Society and Eamon Woods’ son. It was so encouraging to bring together cycling enthusiasts from across the industry and see such strong support from friends and family along the route. A huge thank you to all those who participated and donated, making this such a fun day to remember.”