Date: Thursday 08 December 2016
A community project to plant thousands of purple crocus bulbs in High Wycombe received a helping hand from our West London business unit.
Staff from our Pine Trees development – situated off Daws Hill Lane in High Wycombe – took time out to assist with the planting, and we also provided a £100 cash boost towards the initiative, to help cover the costs of gloves and equipment.
Organised by Chiltern Rangers CIC and High Wycombe Rotary Club, the project involved local schoolchildren and volunteers planting 5,000 bulbs at two locations in the town – including 2,500 at the Marlow Hill roundabout and 2,500 at the Daws Hill roundabout, next to our Pine Trees development.
The planting scheme is to celebrate the success of a 30-year ‘End Polio’ project by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, which has reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide.
John Shaw, Managing Director of the Chiltern Rangers, says: “It is really important to engage with local communities for projects like this because it gives people a chance to feel a sense of pride in their town – they can drive by these roundabouts in the spring when the crocuses have bloomed and say ‘I did that!’”
Pupils from High Wycombe Church of England School were invited to help with the first round of planting at Marlow Hill, while students from St Michael’s Catholic School worked on the Daws Hill roundabout.
“We originally approached Taylor Wimpey to let them know we would be carrying out the planting near to their development and they responded to say they wanted to get involved,” explains John.
“We very much welcomed their generous cash donation and we’d like to say a big thank you for their support; it is much appreciated. Hopefully this is the beginning of a fruitful relationship going forward!”
Emma Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West London, says: “As a local housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes – so when we heard about the crocus bulb planting project we knew we had to help.
“We are delighted to have been involved in such a special project and our colleagues who helped out on the day really enjoyed the planting session. We can’t wait to see the beautiful flowers blooming next spring!”
There’s a wonderful choice of four and five bedroom homes currently available at Pine Trees.