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New woodland to be planted at housing development

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Hayfield Wood


A new woodland comprised of 4,755 native trees and shrubs is to be planted as part of a housing development near Swindon.

Developer Hayfield is creating a new woodland at its recently launched Hayfield Wood development.

The 16-acre scheme also comprises 70 luxury homes, a new community shop, café and wildflower meadow, located in the historic Wiltshire village of Broad Blunsdon.

A total of 573 trees will be planted as the £30 million development programme progresses. The fast-growing native species selected for the new woodland includes field maple, silver birch, hornbeam and wild cherry trees.

Larger species such as oak and small leaved lime trees will be planted across the public open space in areas where they can grow to their full potential.

Located off Sams Lane in the old historic core of the village, the exclusive scheme has been designed around an array of mature trees that are being retained and incorporated within the expansive development area.

Meanwhile, the newly planted woodland will stretch to well over an acre, creating a natural landscape buffer with the neighbouring 13th Century St Leonard’s Church.

Mark Gay, planning director for Hayfield said: “The creation of a new woodland at our Broad Blunsdon development represents our most ambitious planting scheme to date.

"Hayfield Wood is very different to a typical new build project, as it incorporates a large community shop and café, and the layout of the 70 homes is highly sensitive to the position of the existing mature trees.

"By planting 4,755 native trees and shrubs, we will be creating a new habitat for wildlife and an inspiring outlook for all the properties in the area.

“There has been a lot of new development in this part of Wiltshire and from the outset Hayfield has set out to elevate every aspect of this scheme from the competition. The design, specification and landscaping radiate quality, creating outstanding homes that will sit at the heart of the community and nature, which is a key attribute of Hayfield’s Green Revolution pledge.”

Prior to the development being open to the public, a number of reservations have already been taken from people wanting to secure their preferred home at off-plan prices. Prices for the first release of three to five-bedroom family homes range from £370,000 to £625,000.

Two-bedroom homes will be included in future releases and all the new homes across the development will benefit from the smartest electric vehicle fast-charging points available, ultra-fast broadband, energy-efficient underfloor heating and sound-reducing studies.

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