Housing as a positive force for nature’s recovery
We believe that everyone deserves to live in a healthy, wildlife rich natural world and should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives. It is vital that people are able to access wildlife rich natural spaces close to where they live. We have set out a clear vision for Homes for People and Wildlife.
We have been working with Redrow Homes since 2018 to jointly develop an industry leading strategy which places nature, and residents’ connection to nature, at the heart of new housing development. We hope the strategy, which can be read here will be an inspiration to others in the housebuilding and wider construction sector.
Peter Dorans, Corporate Relationship Manager, The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their daily lives. Daily connection to nature has a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, and so The Wildlife Trusts are committed to bringing the natural world closer to where we live, work and play.
“Redrow’s strategy and our partnership will enable houses to be built in a way that makes a positive contribution to nature’s recovery and brings people closer to wildlife. It will inspire new residents and communities to access and care about the nature on their doorstep and it will make sure that natural places are looked after forever.
“It is vital that we all, including the Government, look to solutions that help address the loss of nature and climate change, not make it worse. This strategy places Redrow at the vanguard of the housing sector’s response to these twin crises. We hope that together, we can inspire others in the industry to build in a way that is great for people and wildlife.”
Nicola Johansen, Group Sustainability Manager at Redrow, comments: “Our biodiversity strategy, and continued partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, demonstrates how committed Redrow is to creating nature-rich and active communities, and ensuring it plays a role within every function of our business. The next stage of our partnership with The Wildlife Trusts is to develop a rigorous framework that will measure the wellbeing of our residents and the improvements in nature following implementation of our new commitments. With the expertise of The Wildlife Trusts providing us with invaluable, external scrutiny and robustness, we are excited to see how our new commitments improve biodiversity on site and the wellbeing of our residents.”
For the first time ever a local Wildlife Trust expert was seconded into Redrow to work closely with the Sustainability Team. She has written a blog about her experience which you can read here.
We are now working with Redrow’s Head Office and site teams to test the strategy, fine tune it and integrate it as business as usual across the company.