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Housebuilder Cultivates Community Growth With Donation

The Barratt Foundation has reaffirmed its dedication to community support and sustainability in Kent with a £3,000 donation to Communigrow. This is the starting point for David Wilson Homes’ (part of Barratt Developments) partnership with the charity. The housebuilder is building homes at ‘The Poppies’ development in Aylesford.

Communigrow is a dynamic charity working with beneficiaries across the Kent county, focusing on three core areas: sustainable food growth, community volunteering and education via its Field School. Its work supports a wide range of people, enriching the lives of everyone under its umbrella, including working with young children and families, the elderly, people with long term physical or mental health conditions and businesses wanting to increase staff wellbeing and support the local community. Communigrow champions diverse communities, with diverse experiences, through diverse means.

The £3,000 donation will go towards building raised beds which was one of the charities’ key priorities for the year. This will contribute to Communigrow’s growing areas to promote accessibility for people with limited mobility, allowing them to grow higher yields of food for the community, and also to provide an opportunity to showcase sustainable growing techniques and permaculture to people looking to grow their own food at home.

Natalie Perry, Director of Sales and Marketing at David Wilson Kent, comments: “We recognise the importance of giving back to the communities where we build new homes. We are proud to support Communigrow and its invaluable efforts to promote diverse sustainable practices through community engagement. This donation reflects our ongoing commitment to creating vibrant, diverse, and sustainable neighbourhoods across Kent, exemplified by our nearby development, The Poppies, where we aim to make a positive difference in the lives of residents and the wider community.

“David Wilson Kent is pioneering a nature friendly approach to housebuilding at Aylesford. Surrounded by 19 acres of public open space, The Poppies will also feature ten green social hubs on site, and will be home to over 11,000 new sapling hedgerows, showcasing our belief that nature and housebuilding must compliment rather than contradict one another.”

Tamsin Gillard Moss, Community Engagement Manager from Communigrow, added: “Communigrow is grateful to David Wilson Kent for its generous contribution. The support will help us to maintain our mission of community outreach by championing sustainability to benefit diverse elements of our local community. Donations like this highlight the power of partnership in driving positive change within our local communities, whereby collaboration between corporates and charities can directly cultivate community growth.”

Barratt Developments has significantly increased the scale of its charitable giving over the past few years, including setting up the Barratt Foundation. The aim of the Barratt Foundation is to help communities throughout the UK to thrive, by focusing its support on children and young people and those most disadvantaged. More information can be found online via www.barrattfoundation.org.uk

David Wilson Homes (part of Barratt Developments) is currently building The Poppies development in Aylesford, and recently launched its first phase of homes there. Homes at ‘The Poppies’ include sustainable construction measures and an energy efficient design, including fuel-efficient boilers and high levels of insulation which ensure that a new David Wilson home is up to 64% cheaper to run than the same sized older home with modern day improvements. As such, new homeowners at The Poppies could save up to £2,200 on their energy bills each year.

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