Sun shines for community opening of allotments and play parks

Friday 28th April 2017

Tadpole Garden Village opening

Crest Nicholson’s award-winning Tadpole Garden Village looks beautiful in the spring sun – even more so when the community are out in full-force with friends and families.

On Saturday 22 April there was definitely a buzz at Tadpole Garden Village, with over 100 residents celebrating the official opening of the development’s eagerly anticipated allotments and play parks.

The importance of community amenities to the garden village model

Crest Nicholson were keen to put on a special event for the launch of these community amenities, with the support of Preim’s community mobiliser Chris Tanner. And rightly so: it’s a big moment for the community following on from the early delivery of other amenities, including the development’s school, green spaces and bus route.

The event, although a huge success in its own right, forms part of a bigger garden village vision for the development – centred around creating engaged, self-sustaining communities.

As a pioneer of its own garden village principles, Crest Nicholson advocates a holistic approach to development embracing social, environmental and economic factors to create homes for all segments of the community.

As a result, developments like Tadpole Garden Village are founded on good design, high-quality green spaces, and the greater involvement of local people in both vision and long-term management.

Andrew Dobson, managing director of Crest Nicholson’s strategic projects division, said:

“Community engagement and sustainability are at the heart of our vision for Tadpole Garden Village, and we have worked closely with Preim to deliver these green spaces for the local community to enjoy for many years to come.”

Andrew New, director at Preim, explained exactly why it’s important community assets are introduced to new developments:

“Amenities, like allotments and play areas, are crucial to creating places people really want to put down roots. They foster a sense of neighbourliness and promote sustainability.”

The event itself

With the bunting up, ice cream van at the ready and scarecrows in place at the school allotment, the ribbon was stretched across the allotments’ gate – ready to be cut by Jane Leo, Headmistress of Tadpole Farm CE Primary School.

Following a speech from Andrew Dobson, talking about progress at Tadpole Garden Village and Crest Nicholson’s hopes for the allotments and play areas, the ribbon was cut and all were welcomed to enjoy the events activities, including face painting, tea and coffee, tips and advice from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the opportunity to pick an allotment or find out more about registering interest.

Many enjoyed practicing their digging and taking a look at the appointed allotment for Tadpole Farm CE Primary School – donated to the school by Crest Nicholson as a tool for educating the next generation in gardening and the importance of healthy eating and living.

The event was rounded up with another ribbon cutting, this time at the nearby play area and marking the start of an Easter egg hunt.

Residents remarked that the event was a fantastic opportunity to get to know their neighbours and find out more about the allotments and development as a whole.

Coming soon…

Make sure you keep watching this space for video coming soon of the event, showcasing Tadpole Garden Village, interviews with residents and for a little more insight into Preim’s involvement. For now, we hope you enjoy taking a look at a few of the fantastic photos from the day…