We integrate green infrastructure into our sites including parks, playing fields, woodlands and gardens, sustainable drainage features and planting, alongside roads and streets. This helps create a strong sense of place, supports water management, reduces flood risk and helps to enhance biodiversity.
Recent examples include our site in Stepps, West Scotland, where we have improved local marshland, with the creation of new ponds and channels and refuge areas for amphibians, as well as bird and bat boxes and a new butterfly meadow and bare ground areas. Two nature trails have been added to encourage residents to get out and enjoy the natural environment. The site also includes amphibian tunnels under the new roads, enabling frogs, toads and newts to migrate safely from the marshland to the neighbouring loch.
At Cambourne, six hectares of new lakes and wetlands were created providing areas for recreation and bringing new species of birds, mammals and insects onto the site. At our The Chilterns development we have incorporated wildlife-friendly planting such as mature trees and native shrubs. And at Chase we, in partnership with the Wildlife Trust, have developed a comprehensive landscape strategy to enhance its nature conservation value as well as improving visual amenity and protecting cultural heritage.
Our City Mills development in London is being built with green and brown roofs, our Chobham Manor development is integrating brown roofs and green walls and Academy Central in London also includes green roofs. Brown and green living roofs have vegetation planted or allowed to grow on them. They provide a range of benefits including reducing stormwater run-off and wildlife habitats. In addition, Chobham Manor is also incorporating a wide variety of native species, fruiting trees and hedgerows to promote biodiversity.