Research reveals that 90% of children are now spending more time outside since the first lockdown started, highlighting the increasing importance of outside spaces for mental wellbeing as well as for physical activity*. With this in mind, Barratt Homes has donated a selection of daffodils, tulips and other bright flower bulbs to Beaver Green Primary School, located a few minutes’ walk away from the housebuilder’s Chilmington Green development on Hedgers Way in Ashford.

As bulb planting season begins this autumn, the children have been busy potting their bulbs in their playground. Once acclimatised to the soil, the bulbs will go on to flower in spring 2022. The bulbs will provide a source of nectar, seeds and cover for the wildlife who live there, and will help to educate the children on the importance of protecting the local environment.

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, comments: “As a sustainable housebuilder, we aim to help local school children learn how to provide habitats for local wildlife that are going to remain for many future generations when looked after. We are glad that the children enjoyed planting them with each other and we hope they bring colour and encourage further wildlife to the school’s outdoor space in the forthcoming spring.”

Emma Cherry from Beaver Green Primary School, comments: “We are really happy to have been involved in this hands-on project from Barratt Kent and it has ensured the children are outside enjoying the fresh air and contributing to their playground. We all now have to be patient after the children’s hard work and look forward to seeing them bloom next year!”

Barratt Kent has installed a range of wildlife friendly measures at its Chilmington Green development, creating green open space with ponds and wild planting. Currently available is a selection of four-bedroom homes, with prices starting from £480,995 for a four-bedroom home.

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