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Pupils dig for an environmentally-friendly future

Youngsters from Wootton Wawen CofE Primary School have been digging deep for an environmentally-friendly future at a ground-breaking affordable housing development in the village.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) invited the local pupils to plant the first trees at the new scheme, which is now well underway.  Comprising 14 homes for affordable rent, the development is set to become Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus development of ultra-low energy homes.

Aurelia and Will, both aged 11, and Francesca, Tilly, Emma and Billy, all aged 10, joined Stratford-on-Avon District Councillor Simon Lawton; Neil Gilliver, Development Officer at WRHA; Jon Wellington, Project Lead at Bouygues UK; Reuben Flynn, Area Development Manager at Waterloo Housing Group and Sarah Brooke-Taylor, Rural Housing Enabler at Warwickshire Rural Community Council, in starting to create a natural woodland screen at the new development.

Many species of trees native to the local area are being planted to form a huge 200 metre long by 12 metre wide woodland area.  Once the trees are established, a woodland trail will be crafted, winding through the area.

All the surface water from the new development will drain into the woodland to keep the trees watered all year round.

Neil Gilliver said: “Our new development at Wootton Wawen has been community led from the outset and we are delighted that local children are helping to plant the trees which will be enjoyed by generations to come.”