Trent Park community work with nature

Wed 16 October 2019, 2:52 pm

Housebuilder Berkeley Homes has hosted a series of events with the Trent Park community to enhance the green space's landscaping and protect the park’s wide variety of wildlife.

Earlier this year 30 children from Trent C of E Primary School visited the park as guests of the Berkeley project team and during the trip met author and historian Dr Helen Fry who explained the site’s heritage.

The children also had the opportunity to operate a digger and visit the park’s Wildlife Centre. Berkeley also invited 30 families from charity Home-Start London to take a break from city life to enjoy Trent Park.

After successfully securing planning permission Berkeley has started work on creating a new classroom for Trent Park Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, which will be completed in early November.

This will provide space for the local community and schools to learn about the types of wildlife in and around Trent Country Park and the importance of nature conservation.

Berkeley also joined Friends of Trent Country Park and Thames 21 earlier this year to plant shrubs and water plants to complete the restoration of Limes Avenue wildlife pond. During the restoration the team rescued wildlife including smooth newts, common toads, frogs, grass snakes and a great crested newt.

The firm also teamed up with the Friends of Trent Park community to install fences along 2.5 miles of waymarked trails to guide visitors to interesting parts of the park.

Trent Park is currently being transformed by Berkeley with more than 270 new and converted homes across a collection of neighbourhoods. The project also includes the restoration of 30 acres of parkland and historic buildings, and the Grade II listed mansion house that will include a museum, café and events space.

Lee Squibb, Trent Park development director, said: “We are delighted to partner with local organisations and to involve the community in our plans for Trent Park. Our vision is to build a strong, integrated community and to welcome the public to enjoy the rich history and beautiful tranquil surroundings of the park.”