World Environment Day: Celebrating nature and biodiversity
For almost five decades, World Environment Day has been challenging perceptions and attitudes towards how we value nature. The quality of the air that we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we grow is all determined by nature. Coupled with the 125th anniversary of the much-loved and treasured, National Trust, this year we are celebrating the parks, forests, landscaped gardens, walking trails and woodlands across the country that are cherished by so many people.
In the communities we help to create, there is plenty for residents to enjoy within easy reach of their new home. We pride ourselves on delivering more than high-quality homes; we set out to create communities and this means ensuring the areas surrounding our homes are equally important. We put a lot of importance on landscaping, creating green open spaces and gardens – a key component in ensuring the health and wellbeing of our residents.
Starting off our tour in the south, Knole Park – Kent’s last medieval estate with roaming deer – marries history and the outdoors perfectly. This National Trust property attracts visitors all year round and is just over 10 miles away from our collection of homes in King’s Hill, where families enjoy great days out to this 400-year-old property.
With London technically designated as a ‘forest’ due to the volume of green space and trees, those living in the city are never too far away from a park to relax in. In the south east end of the capital, residents at Greenwich Millennium Village are a hop, skip and jump away from a four-acre Ecology Park thriving with natural wildlife. Head north to Enfield, residents of Elements in Ponders End can venture to Waltham Abbey on their walk along Lea Valley – a truly historic trail. If this hasn’t satisfied you, London’s Trent Park is popular amongst residents at New Avenue in Oakwood, where grade II-listed buildings, golf courses and extensive parkland can be enjoyed in the summer sunshine.
True exclusivity can be appreciated by residents of Parklands Manor in the charming village of Besselsleigh, Oxfordshire. Here, 23-acres of private parklands gives the ideal setting for a range of outdoor pursuits – whether it be in the ancient woodland, wetland area or walking trail.
Next door in Hertfordshire, Oxhey Woods and the South Oxhey Circular Walk gives avid nature walkers a 90-minute round trip to try and spot a wide range of trees, heritage buildings and all creatures great and small. It would be no surprise to see squirrels and an array of bird species pottering around!
Hobson’s Country Park in Great Kneighton, Cambridgeshire, covers a tremendous 120-acres of space with over 14,000 new trees. It’s no wonder that the community living at Aura: The Final Chapter, which borders this fantastic expanse of land, regularly visit and enjoy allotments and adventure play areas.
Further north in St Helens, home to our Abbotsfield site, you can find parks aplenty. Sherdley Park is a particular favourite for locals, with its 336 hectares of green open space to enjoy. From well-kept grassland and wildflower meadows, to open forest and wetlands.
Meanwhile in Newark, you’ll find the beautiful RSPB Langford Lowfields - just a short drive from The Boulevard neighbourhood. With mature woodland, wetland and trails, this nature reserve provides a peaceful space for adventure. Its beach hut also provides children’s activity packs and pond dipping, making this a truly fantastic space to have on your doorstep.
Get outside, enjoy the nature around us and take in a breath of fresh air!