Youngsters dig deep for regeneration project

Primary school pupils have been digging deep for regeneration project

Primary school pupils have been digging deep for the North Solihull regeneration project by planting trees at Bellway’s Hazelmead development.

The youngsters from Bishop Wilson Primary School have just moved into their new school building in Chelmund’s Cross thanks to the regeneration. They are delighted with their new home and were eager to make their own contribution to the project. 

They were joined by Bellway’s West Midlands Sales and Marketing Director, Stephen Rose, Leader of Solihull Council Coun Ken Meeson, Regeneration Director for the North Solihull Partnership John Halton and Business Development Manager for West Mercia Housing Emma Webster. 

Bellway has been a partner in the regeneration of North Solihull since 2005, building hundreds of homes for the private and social sectors and investing heavily in infrastructure. 

Hazelmead is the second phase of development off Oxford Grove in Lowbrook, next to Alcott Wood. The new trees were planted on land next to the wood so will contribute to its expansion. 

Bellway Sales and Marketing Director, Stephen Rose, said: “It was wonderful to see the children getting involved and having so much fun. The regeneration project is making a massive difference to their lives. They are benefiting in a really tangible way through their move to a brand new school building and their enthusiasm for contributing to these environmental improvements was commendable. 

“It is crucial that people in North Solihull take ownership of this project and these youngsters have done exactly that. This commitment has been matched by people living across the area and has been key to the success of the project so far.” 

Councillor Meeson added: “Not even the rain could dampen what was an excellent event, and it was great to see local school children getting involved and planting something that will be in the local area for many years to come. With all the regeneration work going on it is an exciting time for North Solihull, and it is really positive to get local people of all ages involved.” 

Bellway is building at sites across North Solihull, including Damson Wood in Chapelhouse Road and on land off Arran Way which will be known as Centric Mews. Work is also progressing on the second phase of Henley Grange in Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood. 

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