New trees for St Ann‏’s community as new housing development completes

Fruit trees are being planted just in time for Christmas on a new social housing development in St Ann‏’‏s, Nottingham.‏

The flagship site for Nottingham City Homes just off the Wells Road in St Ann‏’‏s, was built by local construction company, Woodhead Group. They are joining NCH, the local community, the Renewal Trust and St Ann’s Allotments, in transforming front gardens and raised beds across the development.‏

Craig Pygall, Construction Director for Woodhead Group, said:

“‏We are very proud to have worked in partnership with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council on their Building a Better Nottingham programme, since its inception.‏

“‏This development is the biggest individual site we have delivered on any phase of the programme so far. These are fantastic new, energy efficient homes for local people. But it‏’‏s not just about the properties themselves, it is always a commitment of ours to enhance the environment surrounding the homes we build. We felt working together with NCH and other local organisations, we could add some natural features that could have a positive impact on the look and feel of the neighbourhood for generations to come.‏ ‏”‏‏

A beautiful free-standing arbour will be a new addition to the site, adorned with decorative leaf designs created by the local community, which will be added to the raised beds that run alongside the bungalows on the Wells Road side of the development. ‏

The trees being planted have been grown nearby at St Ann‏’s Allotments. Two types of apple trees have been used, one which produces eating apples and the other, cooking apples. Two houses will share a tree and it’s hoped that residents will share and swap fruit from the trees in the future. ‏

‏Danika, who lives on the new development at Morley Place, said:

“These are great houses and lovely to live in because they are super modern. We are already like a little community here and we hold regular baby groups, which my son goes to. ‏

“‏These new trees are going to be so pretty when they get blossom on them and we like the idea that we can share the fruit with our neighbours.‏ ‏”‏

NCH Chief Executive, Nick Murphy, joined representatives from Woodhead and local councillors at the development to help plant the new trees and meet with new residents to wish them a Merry Christmas. He said: ‏‏

“‏We are ‏ ‏transforming neighbourhoods ‏ ‏and regenerating sites, like the one here at the former Morley School site. These new and modern homes are all part of our vision to create better homes for Nottingham People to live in.

‏”Making sure there is green space on our developments is important to us and residents, so the new trees and seating area where residents can come to meet and chat is an important part of this build and will be something residents can enjoy well into the future.‏ ‏”‏

Further information on the Building a Better Nottingham programme and the homes currently in development or planned for the future, can be found here: ‏ ‏