Buckingham Canal Society has been swamped with new and thriving wildlife after housebuilder Barratt Homes donated a bee home, hedgehog home and bug hotel along the canal toepath. The housebuilder, who are building new homes at it’s St Rumbold’s Fields development in the town, also donated £250 towards maintenance tools to help with the upkeep of the society’s surrounding areas.

Barratt North Thames has a wider commitment to the protection of wildlife in its surrounding areas. Buckingham Canal Society aims to restore the historic canal in Buckingham and making sure it is a navigable state and to provide wildlife habitats, cycleways and routes for walkers along the restored towpath. The restored canal will re-establish a lost link in the national waterways network, and the project will be part of the green infrastructure of the region, creating connections between existing wildlife habitats and creating
aquatic and wetland habitats for endangered species.

Athina Beckett of Buckingham Canal Society, commented: “At Buckingham Canal Society, we do all we can to restore the canal as well as looking after and restoring wildlife in the local area. We are incredibly grateful to Barratt North Thames for donating money towards maintenance tools as these are costly and something that we were in desperate need of to keep our vital restoration going. We were honoured to unveil our new bee, bug and hedgehog homes at our Annual Canal Festival in late July and we are looking forward for people to see the wildlife thrive as they walk along the canal.”

Marc Woolfe, Director of Sales at Barratt North Thames, added: At Barratt Homes, we are committed to making sure wildlife has the opportunity to thrive in our areas, and historic places such as canals are maintained for people to use as much as possible. We love working with sustainable groups within the communities we build in, and it was great to see our donations already having a positive impact at an event such as the Buckingham Canal Festival. We wish Buckingham Canal Society the best of luck in their future work on the canal!”

St Rumbold’s Fields currently has an array of bird and bat boxes located across the development, as well as flowered grassland for wildlife to thrive. St Rumbold’s Fields are currently selling two, three and four-bedroom homes for a starting price of £275,000 for a two-bedroom home.

For further details about Barratt North Thames or the homes available at st Rumbold’s Fields, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 03301737570.