Financial boost for community garden signals our return to Bilston
Signalling our return to the Midlothian town of Bilston, and as part of our ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities, we have recently donated £500 to the Bilston Community Garden.
The donation has helped the Community Garden volunteers make substantial improvements to the corner allotment of ground that it has within the village, which so far has included the provision of new fencing and the installation of some raised beds. Some of the funding has also been allocated to provide a new shed, as well as more raised beds to improve the experience for those who want to access the garden and all that it offers.
Our donation to the Bilston Community Garden marks a key milestone for the company following our return to Bilston and the launch of our new homes for sale at Pentland View, off Seafield Road.
Commenting on the support it has received from Taylor Wimpey, Ian Tucker, a local volunteer who is leading the project on behalf of Roslin and Bilston Community Council said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation. This is the only free activity that is open to all in Bilston, and it is doing what it can to help tackle food poverty and isolation as well as promoting health and wellbeing.
“Our garden is becoming more established, and while this wasn’t a great year for growing, we have managed to provide a range of soft fruits and some vegetables for the local community to simply pick and enjoy. As we are moving towards the winter, we still have lots of work to do in the garden to get it ready for next spring, when we hope it will be even more productive, and Taylor Wimpey’s donation will help us to do that.”
Taylor Wimpey is delighted to offer its support as Karen Armstrong, Sales and Marketing Director adds: “We are absolutely delighted to be back building and delivering new homes in Bilston, and we are equally proud to be able to support the Bilston Community Garden with a fundraising boost, which has allowed their plans to grow and develop over the last few months.
“We do more than just build high-quality homes. Being able to work with local businesses and organisations that surround our developments means a great deal to us, and it’s great to know that we are helping to make a difference to the lives of people in local communities.”
Photo: Donna Hogg (Roslin and Bilston Community Council member); Taylor Wimpey Sales Executives Laura Anne Logan and Megan Compton; along with Ian Tucker (Roslin and Bilston Community Council member and Bilston Community Garden volunteer lead); and Gail Prince (Chair of Roslin and Bilston Community Council).
We give a lesson in safety to local school children in Bilston
Pupils from Bilston Primary School with Ian Holden (Taylor Wimpey’s Site Health and Safety Advisor).
Marking our return to Bilston, we have visited Bilston Primary School to give the children some reminders about health and safety.
As construction of new homes at our Pentland Green, off Seafield Road in Bilston is well underway and sales have now been launched, we were keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site. The visit gave us an opportunity to raise awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the building of our new homes progress.
Being proactive with local schools has proven an effective deterrent in the past as Martyn Campbell, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland explains: “Health and safety in and around our construction areas is of vital importance to us. Taking this type of proactive approach with local schools allows us to reinforce just how important it is for children to stay away from building sites, and it gives us the chance to remind the children that building sites are not playgrounds!”
We renew our support for Penfest 2019 at this year's Penicuik Arts Festival
We have once again shown our support to the Penicuik Arts Festival’s annual Penfest 2019 event in Penicuik by donating £450.
Our funding will go towards supporting two storytelling events for children with popular local children’s author Lea Taylor, and an adult’s workshop for creative writing for children as part of this year’s festival. Free copies of our ‘How we build your new home’ book will also be available at the storytelling events.
This year West Street Arts Centre will be the hub of PENFEST 2019 with events to suit all tastes including classical and traditional music, creative writing workshops and visual arts. Tickets are available from the cafe at 4 West Street or on-line at www.penicuikarts.org. Programmes of all events can be obtained from the cafe or on-line at www.penicuikarts.org
Pentland Green, Phase 2, Bilston
Taylor Wimpey East Scotland and Hallam Land Management plan to make a planning application to Midlothian Council for the provision of around 250 homes through the development of further land at Seafield Road in Bilston. Ahead of this, the developers held a public consultation event in September 2019 in order to keep the local community fully informed of its proposals for phase 2 of the Pentland Green development. The public consultation event was an opportunity to share their proposals for the development with members of the public, and to listen to their views as the plans for this key development evolve over the coming months.If you were unable to attend the event, or would like to find out more about the proposal for phase 2 of the development, please click here to see the consultation event information boards.
We have now made an application for the next phase of our development in Bilston, which we hope to secure planning permission for in the spring of this year.