Maidstone woodland handed over to the community

Date: Monday 28 July 2014

SE Mangravet Wood handover web

Residents in North Loose, Maidstone, can enjoy the great outdoors on their doorstep after we handed over a large area of woodland to the local community.

We formally gifted the 1.18-acre Mangravet Wood to North Loose Residents’ Association, which will manage the land for the enjoyment of local residents.

We acquired the woodland when we purchased land for our Watermill Grange new homes development in Loose Road, which has now sold out.

The residents’ association was keen to see the land, which is located to the rear of Watermill Grange, safeguarded as woodland and we agreed to transfer it to the community body.

Mike Randall, Chair of the North Loose Management Group, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for the handover of this Designated Ancient Woodland which will now be preserved for the benefit of the local community. The woodland will remain in a similar format as at present and will be sensitively managed to encourage wildlife, flora and fauna. This woodland will continue to be open to the public and we will encourage educational visits”.  

Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a local housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build and we are delighted to have transferred this wonderful woodland to North Loose Residents’ Association to look after.”

Joanna Webb, Senior Land and Planning Manager, adds: “We hope residents from Watermill Grange and the wider community will enjoy exploring the woodland for many generations to come.”