David Wilson Homes has provided an insight into its commitment to nurturing the local environment within the latest phases of its Nottinghamshire housing developments.


DWEM – A street scene at David Wilson Homes’ Fernwood Village development in Fernwood

These developments are expertly designed not only to cater to new homeowners, but also to foster a thriving ecosystem of wildlife.

In the picturesque village of Fernwood within the Fernwood Village development, the developer is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment. This conservation effort includes the establishment of community allotments, a balancing pond, four bat boxes, and 10 bird boxes.

As well as this, over 19 acres of public open space, including a play area and sports pitches, welcome residents and wildlife alike. Tree planting, and a series of walking and cycle paths complete the development, all while creating new tree lines and incorporating swale.

Also in Fernwood at Hunters Place, David Wilson Homes has crafted an eco-friendly haven. A watercourse runs through the site, accompanied by 10 bat boxes and seven bird boxes.

Around 11 acres of public open space beckon residents, flanked by sports pitches and community allotments. A grassland area, the dense growth of new trees, and a mixture of walking and cycling paths complete this flourishing habitat.

Meanwhile, in East Leake at The Skylarks, the commitment to letting nature thrive continues. Here, two balancing lagoons grace the landscape, with the homebuilder installing 15 bat boxes and 162 swift bricks at the development, alongside 10 bird bricks, and six bird boxes in trees. The addition of a tree-lined spine road and additional new trees, as well as the preservation of 45 existing trees, leave room for nature to co-exist with residents.

A generous allocation of seven acres of public open space fosters community engagement, and over a kilometre of new hedgerows ensure unhindered wildlife movement.

At The Hawthorns in Sutton-in-Ashfield, David Wilson Homes has implemented a balancing pond alongside 18 bat boxes, as well as 152 bird boxes.

An expanse of public open space, complemented by footpaths throughout the development, and new tree lines on the edges of the boundary, adds value to the community. Approximately 430 metres of hedgerows form a green tapestry to protect and support local wildlife.

At Romans Quarter in Bingham, a diverse range of features await both residents and the local fauna.

Two balancing ponds provide scenic beauty and wildlife habitats, while 10 bat boxes and 10 bird boxes welcome avian visitors, and 28 acres of public open space are the heart of community life.

In addition, 125 existing trees have been preserved, a play area has been constructed, and 800 metres of hedgerow offers ample opportunities for the thriving ecosystem. Hedgehog highways spanning the entire development ensure a safe habitat for wildlife.

Finally, in the scenic village of Market Warsop within the Stonebridge Fields development, the developer is dedicated to conserving and strengthening the natural environment. This includes the establishment of a balancing pond, four bat boxes, and 16 bird boxes, 18 roosting pouches, and over 120 swift boxes.

As well as this, an almost 10-acre area of public open space, including a play area, creates a peaceful retreat for homeowners and local wildlife. New trees planted along the footpaths that are throughout the development complete the key ecological commitments made by the developer in the area.

Rachael Harrison, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “Diversity, sustainability, and harmony with nature are at the heart of our vision. At David Wilson Homes, we believe that every home should not only be a sanctuary for residents but also a haven for local wildlife.

“Our commitment to nurturing the environment at our Leicestershire developments reflects our dedication to creating communities where people and nature thrive together.”

David Wilson Homes has partnered with the RSPB since 2014 to show how new homes, and indeed homeowners, can help nature and support wildlife.