BARRATT Developments North East is celebrating its ongoing partnership with wildlife charity Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) by continuing to raise the bar for nature-friendly housing across the region, with the announcement of adding further wildlife-friendly features to its new sites.

By 2023, Barratt Developments North East will further prioritise wildlife on all of its new developments by creating dedicated spaces for local biodiversity conservation. This commitment will include a range of wildlife-friendly features such as more newly planted trees, a greater number of hedgehog highways and swift nesting sites, and a transition to becoming peat-free, in an effort to help local nature habitats in trouble.

In addition to this, every new show home garden throughout the region will follow strict RSPB guidance which prioritises wildlife through specialist planting and landscaping, with at least 50 per cent of the gardens to receive special RSPB commendations.

As part of the ongoing partnership, Barratt Developments is also investing £1m across the county in an exciting new project with the RSPB to support people helping nature thrive in their gardens, balconies and eventually their community greenspaces. Launching in 2021 and named Nature on Your Doorstep, the project will focus on the development of digital resources and an online community that delivers resources, connections and inspiration that will support people in creating their own shelters for wildlife in their local area.

Carl Sobolewski, Managing Director at Barratt Developments North East, said: “As the country’s leading sustainable housebuilder, looking after nature is integral to the work that we continuously do through our partnership with RSPB. This is why we are committing to boosting wildlife and building nature-friendly developments, but not only that, as a community we all have a role to play in tackling the ecological and climate emergency. And through the actions we take for nature, by individuals or communities together, such as welcoming wildlife into gardens or greenspace, we will continue to make a huge difference.”