Children who went down to the woods near Telford were in for a big surprise – TV presenter Andy Day was there to help them open a woodland walk.
Homebuilder Redrow invited a class of 30 youngsters from Apley Wood Primary School to The Coppice, Leegomery, to officially open a woodland walk which forms part of the new homes development.
Unbeknown to the children, Redrow had asked Andy Day from Cbeebies to join them.
Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes (Midlands), said: “Teaching children about the environment around them is important and so we wanted to invite them to be the first to explore the new woodland walk we’ve created at The Coppice. What they didn’t realise is that we’d also invited TV presenter Andy Day to surprise them. They all had great fun building hedgehog houses, participating in a quiz, searching the woods for things, painting and having stories read to them by Andy.”
Andy read ‘What Happens on Redrow Green’, a book written by Pauline Turnbull to teach children about natural habitats and the things different creatures want and need for a home. He bought the book a live by encouraging the children to mime actions for the various characters.
Andy also hid some ‘dinosaur eggs’ for the children to find.
The popular TV presenter said afterwards: “The woodland walk is a fantastic place to explore and it’s a great thing for families to have on their doorstep.”
Teacher Rachel Gould added: “The children were so excited to find out that Andy Day from Cbeebies was here – it’s really made their day. It’s been a fantastic experience for the children and they’ve loved every minute of it. The activities complement what we’ve been learning about in science about wildlife and the local area.”
Redrow decided to create the nature walk, which sits within an existing 1.3 acre woodland at the corner of the site where Redrow is building new homes, to encourage residents to take an interest in the natural environment. Trees Redrow is protecting include English oaks, common ash, common alder and crack willows.
Balancing ponds and swales have also been created to preserve and enhance the ecology of the area. These areas will be overseen by a management company in the long-term.
The activities as part of the event were led by Redrow’s ‘green team’, a group of employees who focus on improving the company’s sustainability credentials.
“Many people don’t realise just how much of a positive impact developers can have on the environment. Last year, Redrow created 209 hectares of public open space in England and Wales and planted a huge number of new trees and shrubs within our developments, as well as protecting existing woodland like that at The Coppice. We’ve also committed to key initiatives to protect and enhance the UK’s bumblebee and bird populations,” Pauline added.
Meanwhile for humans, The Coppice offers a choice of two, three and four-bedroom homes from Redrow’s sought-after Heritage Collection.
Show homes at the popular development are open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. For more information, call 01902471096 or see www.redrow.co.uk/coppice.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.