Shay Lane Primary Pupils

Crofton School has wildlife care all boxed off

There’s no need for Shay Lane Primary pupils to get in a flap about looking after their flying friends after homebuilder Redrow donated bird and bat boxes.

Unlike Redrow’s lovely new homes at nearby Nostell Fields, these abodes don’t have the latest appliances or their own en-suites; nevertheless they’re just what is needed for the Crofton school to help care for visiting wildlife.

Sales consultant Jonathan Leivesley took time out from selling Redrow’s family homes to hand over the boxes to the excited school pupils.

He said: “It is important that Redrow doesn’t just build homes, but helps the communities in which it builds to flourish too. Working with schools like Shay Lane Primary is a big part of that and we take a huge amount of pleasure from contributing to the wonderful efforts they are making in caring for the world around us, and helping to provide homes for all, not just for humans.

“Nostell Fields is close to the school and is popular with families, so it’s likely that some of our residents have children there now – or will do in the future.”

Shay Lane Primary School is keen to encourage its pupils to take an interest in the environment and look at the world around them and how they fit it. Its wildlife garden, overseen by caretaker Mick Dexter, offers the perfect place in which to do this.

Helen Smales, office administrator for the popular primary, says Mr Dexter has taken the garden in hand after it had become a little overgrown because of the unfortunate illness of his predecessor, and now it is thriving again with help from the children who attend Shay lane.

Helen says: “We do a lot of activities in the wildlife garden: we have a Belfast sink in there so, in spring, we had tadpoles and the children watched them grow; and we have some bird boxes already scattered around and have had some birds nest here before, so it will be lovely to encourage more to build a home here – and bats too.

“Mr Dexter has planted sprouts and carrots and there are areas set aside to encourage bugs and insects. This is a good way to get pupils more interested in wildlife, to have fun and to learn.

“In summer we always plant a sunflower to see how big it can get. It’s a lovely way to nurture our children and begin helping them to develop into caring and responsible young adults. Anything to help encourage the children to have a positive interaction with nature is fantastic, so we are really grateful for the bird and bat boxes from Redrow.”

For humans looking to feather their nest, Redrow now has only three homes remaining at Nostell Fields including the Oxford show home with all its furniture included and two Cambridge style four-bedroom detached homes.

They hail from Redrow’s Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection, which marries carefully crafted, traditional exteriors with spacious, stylish and modern interiors, and each of the homes benefits from en-suite facilities to the master bedroom, fully-fitted kitchen with top of the range appliances, utility, cloakroom and garage.

The final three homes are competitively priced – only £264,950 for the Oxford show home, including all its carefully chosen décor, furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. The Cambridge is available from £269,950.

Viewings are by appointment only. For more information visit or call 08456 800 262 to book an appointment before the opportunity has flown away.

Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: