Developer St Edward has launched an innovative new show garden at its Hartland Village development, near Fleet in Hampshire, to highlight the importance of biodiversity and encourage residents and the wider community to cultivate a sustainable natural haven for the future in their own gardens.
The garden, designed by award-winning Landscape Architects, Murdoch Wickham, forms part of the development’s latest show home and demonstrates the variety of simple ways in which residents can create sustainable habitats for wildlife, whilst ensuring the space also remains practical for family life.
The pond – one of the best features for wildlife in a domestic garden – can develop into a complex habitat which creates a food and drink source for invertebrates such as pond skaters and beetles, whilst also providing essential bathing and drinking opportunities for birds. The wildflower meadow is perfect for pollinating insects including bees, whilst the dry garden - designed with climate change in mind - features drought resistant plants, including creeping thyme, camomile and sedums. A squirrel-proof bird feeder provides an accessible food supply in the colder months whilst bird boxes and the insect house provides safe nesting places when natural sites are in decline.
Paul Vallone, Executive Chairman, St Edward comments: “At St Edward we recognise the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity, and the positive impact that the natural environment can have on our wellbeing and health. We believe that all new developments should create places with more nature than was there before, by providing higher quality habitats and more space for biodiversity. We hope that our residents, and our neighbours in Fleet and the surrounding areas, will be inspired by the biodiversity garden and recreate their own nature-rich spaces.”
St Edward is committed to delivering a more biodiverse environment at Hartland Village than when development began. Its vision for Hartland Village was and is to create an exceptional place – in sustainability, design, architecture, and in the delivery of a true community. A traditionally inspired humped-back bridge leads residents over a picturesque lake, providing an impressive and idyllic entrance into the village and evoking an immediate sense of belonging.
Hartland Village will be home to a new primary school, shops, cafés and other facilities, making this development a destination in its own right. The development is surrounded by extensive areas of woodland interspersed with open heath creating a distinctive landscape. The magnificent Country Park that forms part of the scheme features wildflower meadows, picnic areas and butterfly banks. Cycle paths, trim trails and walkways encourage active and social lifestyles, providing links across the village, the Country Park and the surrounding forests and local towns.
Hartland Village is located just six minutes by car to Fleet station and eight minutes to Farnborough Main train station, where services into London Waterloo take from 41 minutes and 36 minutes respectively. A Hartland Hopper station shuttle is available to book for residents, providing transfers to Farnborough Main station.
Prices at Hartland Mews start from £610,000 for a three-bedroom house, and £730,000 for a four-bedroom house. To find out more or book an appointment, call St Edward on 01252 378844 or visit www.hartlandvillage.co.uk.