Redrow helps Sandbach pupils get close to nature
The housebuilder launched its Sandbach Community Fund last summer inviting local causes to apply for a slice of the £5,000 funds. When the school’s higher level teaching assistant Linda Elliot heard of the fund, she requested financial support for its planned ‘Eco Day’ as well as some outdoor equipment that would benefit the children at the school.
It was good news for the school and they were given £2,300 to fund all of the items they had asked for.
She said: “It was fantastic to hear that we had been awarded money from Redrow, we were able to do so much with it. We now have new benches, the children have been able to take part in willow weaving crafts and best of all, we now have a new lookout structure to replace the old one which was on its last legs.
“However, we had various problems when it came to buying a new lookout so we asked students from nearby Reaseheath College to help and they came to the rescue to build us a structure with the materials Redrow had funded. It’s been an amazing collaboration between Redrow, the college and the school - the pupils here are thrilled with the result.”
The 14 Reaseheath students involved in the two-month project are studying for their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management. As well as renovating the bird lookout they have created habitat piles, improved paths in the woodland and felled trees to let in more light. They were also involved with the school’s Eco Day last autumn.
Course manager Susan Huxley explained: “Our students use their practical skills to carry out a range of environmental projects in the community. We were delighted to be part of such a worthwhile project and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with St John’s School by running forest school activities for the pupils.”
Jason Newton, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), added: “We allocated a £5,000 pot of money for local causes to use last year. After we supported various Sandbach Utd football teams as part of the fund, it’s great to see how it has helped other groups, culminating in the children at St John’s being able to enjoy the new lookout just in time for spring.
“We hope the children get many years of use out of it and we’re grateful to the students at Reaseheath College for stepping in to help bring the project to fruition.”
Abbeyfields lies just to the west of Sandbach, close to St John’s. Additionally, there are excellent road and rail links nearby, including the M6.
There is currently a handful of four-bedroom homes on offer with prices starting from £342,995. Phase two, which will be a mix of three and four-bedroom homes, will be on sale soon.
To find out more, visit the development on Middlewich Road, which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5.30am and Mondays from midday to 5.30pm. Alternatively call 01270 861645 or visit www.redrow.co.uk/abbeyfields