10th June 2020
Land Trust Chief Executive, Euan Hall, hailed the charity’s growing relationship with Countryside Properties, as the two organisations confirmed a legal agreement has been signed for the Trust to take on the green space management at Countryside’s Wolsey Park development in Rayleigh.
The Trust currently works with Countryside on a number of residential schemes, including Countryside’s flagship development, Beaulieu, in Chelmsford.
Initially a 500 home scheme, the Trust will manage the green space at Wolsey Park on behalf of the homeowners, and work with Countryside and the local community to deliver added social value.
Wolsey Park will deliver a variety of green and blue open spaces including a large parkland and central green with a children’s play area. The Trust will also have responsibility for the Park’s Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), which are systems designed to efficiently manage the drainage of surface water in the urban environment.
“High quality green space management within property developments is hugely important and I’m really pleased to be extending our excellent relationship with Countryside Properties at Wolsey Park.
“During the recent outbreak of Covid-19 it has become increasingly evident how much community’s value having well managed green space to get their exercise. Having this as part of your home is something that people really look for more and more, especially when purchasing a new home.
“Managing the green spaces at Wolsey Park in line with the Trust’s five key charitable objectives will deliver a range of social and economic benefits to the homeowners. Not only will it protect the investment they have made in their property, but it will also deliver physical and mental health benefits, protect the local environment and biodiversity and perhaps most importantly bring the new community together.
“Countryside Properties really understand the importance of this added value and that building homes is about more than just bricks and mortar but about leaving a long-term legacy that everyone involved can be proud of and we are looking forward to working in partnership with them.”
Andrew Carrington, Managing Director, Strategic Land, Countryside said:
“We’re delighted to confirm our partnership with the Land Trust on such a significant landscape-led scheme with over fifty acres of green open spaces planned for the new Wolsey Park development in Rayleigh.
“Investing in open space is crucial to creating a sustainable new neighbourhood that will flourish. By entrusting the green infrastructure and spaces across the development to the Land Trust we hope to ensure the best quality of life for everyone who lives in and around Wolsey Park.”
Land, in particular public open space and wildlife, has always been my passion and here at the Land Trust I get to make a difference. I enjoy covering a large area of England and Wales and seeing a wide variety of sites. No site is the same, so it makes my job interesting.
Alison Whitehead, Development Manager
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