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Housebuilder goes green with community campaign

John Low, MD of Stewart Milne Homes North, and Carole Baxter from Beechgrove Garden Image credit: Simon Price/Firstpix Photography

STEWART Milne Group has launched a new campaign to turn neglected areas into greener and more attractive spaces.

The housebuilder and timber systems manufacturer has teamed up with Beechgrove Garden’s Carole Baxter for its “Greener Spaces, Better Places” campaign. The group is on the lookout for areas in need of a makeover, with potential projects including parks, allotments or open spaces capable of benefiting from a transformation.

The campaign aims to encourage greater bio-diversity by introducing new plants, flowers and trees. This would help attract wildlife and promote a “sense of community spirit” by bringing people together to work on the initiatives.

Members of the public and organisations including charities, community councils and special interest groups can nominate spaces in the parts of the UK where Stewart Milne operates: north east of Scotland, central Scotland, north west England and Oxfordshire.

TV presenter Carole Baxter will sit on the judging panel alongside Fiona Weir from the RSPB and representatives from Stewart Milne Group. They will nominate three entries from each region, which will be followed by a public vote to determine the winners.

Glenn Allison, chief executive of Stewart Milne Group said, “The community in which you live is just as important as your home itself. At Stewart Milne Group, we’re committed to building communities and to giving back to those regions in which we work. Communal outdoor places are important for everyone from children to the elderly but, in some areas, there is a lack of green space or eyesores which need a bit of love and attention.

“Whether it’s providing landscape gardeners to design and plant colourful flower beds, or tradespeople to build a walled garden or allotment or simply providing a little love and attention to existing green spaces, we will consider all types of projects which will benefit as many people as possible.”

Carole Baxter added, “This is a fantastic opportunity and I would encourage communities to put forward ideas. Improving and increasing green outdoor spaces do make for much better places to live, not just because they look good and provide a focal point for a community but also because, through a spot of gardening, they can bring people together.”

Entry forms are available at www.stewartmilnehomes.com/greener-spaces.aspx

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