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"Our partnership with The Wildlife Trusts will take our existing biodiversity efforts to the next level, with their expertise providing an invaluable element of scrutiny and robustness. Through this commitment, we want to inspire our internal teams to be a positive force for change, act as a role model for the wider housebuilding industry and give our customers the confidence and knowledge to connect with nature and wildlife. We can’t wait to see all the amazing benefits this partnership will realise"

Nicola JohansenGroup Sustainability Manager at Redrow

Joining forces for wildlife

Redrow were one of the first UK housebuilders to embark upon an ambitious plan to achieve verified biodiversity net gain across our developments.  But we want to do more than this; creating nature-rich landscapes that provide health and wellbeing benefits to the communities in which we build, which are maintained with people and nature in mind.  We want to create an industry-leading strategy that will help us achieve this, so we have teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts who are helping us to create ‘Nature for People’ - a new strategy which we will start to implement across the whole business from Autumn 2019.

Development that enhances nature

Since setting our target to achieve biodiversity net gains by 2022, the government have announced that net gain will be mandatory for new developments.  Our forthcoming strategy will ensure we go beyond the government’s agenda by creating developments that link-in with local ecological networks to make sure wildlife can move easily through the landscape and create new green spaces that are sensitive to the local environment, its character and species.

Wilder lives

With the average child today only allowed to roam 300 yards from their home unaccompanied and many adults leading increasingly busy lives, access to nature close to home can provide daily opportunities to enjoy the benefits of connecting with local wildlife regularly.  Ensuring doorstep access to nature through the design of our developments and encouraging community participation in the use and care of these spaces will be central parts of our new strategy.

Long-term benefits

A critical aspect of our approach to Nature for People is to ensure ongoing care and management of the green spaces and features we create to provide places where both residents and wildlife can thrive for the long-term.

Our partnership with The Wildlife Trusts

  • • This unique partnership will involve joint development and implementation of a group-wide Nature for People strategy across all Redrow developments
  • • Our joint aims are to create a robust and achievable strategy to enhance biodiversity and help connect people with nature where we build
  • • A Wildlife Trust ecologist is seconded to Redrow to provide technical input to the strategy
  • • All 46 Wildlife Trusts UK-wide have had a chance to review and input to the strategy
  • • The Wildlife Trusts are helping to deliver a series of internal training workshops to arm Redrow employees with the necessary skills to implement the strategy effectively
  • • The new strategy will be launched in summer 2019

"The Wildlife Trusts believe everyone deserves to live in healthy, wildlife-rich natural communities and should have the opportunity to experience the joy of nature in their daily lives. People living in nature- friendly homes can enjoy birdsong, reap the benefits of rain gardens which soak up floodwater, and delight in plants that bees and other pollinators need to survive. We are looking forward to working with Redrow to help them make nature a key part of their future developments." 

PETER DORANS Corporate Relationship Manager, The Wildlife Trusts