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Harrogate school welcomes 'cheep' homes for feathered friends

A North Yorkshire primary school has put care on the curriculum, and is planning to set up a host of homes for wildlife.

Birds and bats can flock to Grove Road Community Primary School in Harrogate after housebuilder Redrow Homes feathered the school’s nest with a collection of boxes for the popular creatures.

Year 5 and 6 teacher, and science leader, Paul Draper said the school has already undertaken a variety of wildlife projects in a bid to develop the subject of science throughout the school.

But he added: “The main challenge for us is to create greater opportunities for our children to benefit from and encounter wildlife in our relatively urban setting.
We want to them to be able to experience and see nature and wildlife without having to go on school trips and further afield. We want them to be able to observe it nearer to school on a daily basis.”

Redrow’s donation of bird and bat boxes proved timely.

Paul explained: “Last year we made some bug hotels and we have made a start on creating little gardens, space to encourage wildlife to come here. The bird and bat boxes will really help to develop this.

“We have hatched chicks which the children have watched and raised, and they love it, they like to see it, and while they can see it on screen it is so much better to see things happening right in front of you.

“If we can attract birds and bats, then the pupils will be able to watch them every day, and get the charts out to see what they are, along with a host of other bird-watching tools. It will hopefully build interest for the children and may even encourage them to help wildlife at home too.”

Redrow marketing co-ordinator Rebecca Cliff, who’s also a member of Redrow Yorkshire’s sustainability team, went along to Grove Road Primary School to present the boxes and said: “To see the excitement and smiles on the faces of the children was lovely, and it’s wonderful to be a part of such a special project at the school.

“We have long said at Redrow that we are about helping to create communities, not just homes, and to see those communities in action is amazing. This is about extending the thought and care we put into our homes into the areas surrounding them, and it is a real privilege.”

Among the Redrow developments close by is Devonshire Gardens, off Claro Road, which is a stunning collection of three, four and five-bedroom properties in two different but beautiful styles.

While its Regent Collection evokes the classic Georgian style architecture of the Regency period, by contrast the Heritage Collection offers English craftsmanship inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th/early 20th century

But with both, buyers are greeted inside with chic interiors that are very firmly in the 21st century, boasting modern styling throughout, bright, open plan living spaces and contemporary appliances.

With current prices from £348,950 for four and five-bedroom homes, the properties and their location are ideal for families. For more information call 01423 582913 or go online at

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: