Sponsorship helps living roof project blossom

A living roof will be planted at a Kent school with help from neighbours Redrow Homes.

Hamstreet Primary Academy is close to Redrow’s Saxon Woods development in the village and as good neighbours the homebuilder has donated £1,000 towards a ‘green’ roof at the academy.

Principal Jane Macey said:

“We have lots of plants in the academy grounds and encourage children to take an interest in the environment around them. As an extension of this we wanted to make better use of a section of flat roof by planting a green or living roof. We are grateful for Redrow’s assistance with the project and look forward to seeing the finished result when we return after the summer break.”

As well as adding a touch of colour to the academy, the living roof will also provide a food source for butterflies, bees and other insects and nesting materials for birds.

Redrow sales director Rachael Baillie said:

“When we heard that Hamstreet Academy wanted to plant a living roof we were happy to help as we understand the importance of green spaces. We’ve partnered with both the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the RSPB to support wildlife habitats and also recognise the educational benefits this project will bring.”

As well as supporting school projects, Redrow is creating new habitats and undertaking wildflower planting at various locations around the country as part of its partnerships with the conservation organisations. Redrow has also created welcome cards for all of its customers embedded with wildflower seeds so, when soaked in water and planted in the garden, they will eventually bloom, creating colour outside and helping to boost the population of pollinating insects.

Saxon Woods is a development of four and five-bedroom homes in a leafy setting.