Drayton woodland marks planting of 700th tree at handover ceremony
A community woodland celebrated the planting of its 700th tree yesterday at a handover ceremony.
Keith Simpson, MP for Broadland, planted the tree at the 12-acre woodland at Littlewood House, off School Road, Drayton.
The woods were planted by Norfolk developers Abel Homes, when the company built 22 eco-friendly houses on the site of the former home, the last of which was sold last weekend.
The planting marked the handing over of the woodland from the developers to a trust, backed by cash from Abel Homes.
As well as planting 700 trees, new habitats for animals, including bat, bird and hedgehog boxes, have been built alongside rockeries and ladybird shelters.
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Mr Simpson said: 'This is a great example of what can be achieved when a local house builder works with local planners to create something very special.
'Not only are the homes here both stunning and sustainable, but Abel Homes has created a valuable community woodland which will be to the benefit of the environment, wildlife and local people. It goes to show that it is possible to create much-needed new homes while at the same time respecting and indeed improving the local environment.'
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Abel Homes managing director Tony Abel said: 'We have worked hard to balance the need for new homes against environmental and community needs. This development demonstrates how a considered and pragmatic approach can create a new community which is sustainable environmentally, beneficial for the local community, liveable for families moving into it, and commercially viable in a way which can sustain local house builders and local construction jobs.'
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