the kids who planted trees and learnt a thing or two

The Wharf - - Property - Jon Massey

Hav­ing re­cently been recog­nised as most im­proved home builder for a second year run­ning in the 2018 Nex­tGen­er­a­tion sus­tain­able hous­ing bench­mark re­port, Telford Homes is aim­ing to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion with its val­ues.

The de­vel­oper in­vited 20 eight and nine-year-old pupils from Ca­nary Wharf Col­lege to The Lib­erty Build­ing scheme on the Isle Of Dogs for a morn­ing learning about con­struc­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and tree-plant­ing.

Kit­ted out in high-vis jack­ets and hard-hats, the chil­dren as­sisted the on-site team in lay­ing top soil as large dig­gers were used to ma­noeu­vre some English-grown trees into po­si­tion as part of land­scap­ing at the de­vel­op­ment.

The morn­ing event be­gan with a talk by site man­ager, Kevin Hunt, who spoke about the natural en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, two top­ics that have been re­cently added to the school’s cur­ricu­lum.

The tree-plant­ing marks the be­gin­ning of a long-term part­ner­ship be­tween Telford and Ca­nary Wharf Col­lege, which is set to in­clude plas­tic fish­ing, aim­ing to re­duce the amount of sin­gle-use plas­tics in lo­cal bod­ies of wa­ter, in the New Year.

Telford Homes will be pro­vid­ing fund­ing for equip­ment for these ac­tiv­i­ties and is hop­ing to in­volve more stu­dents from the school in fu­ture projects across its Lon­don sites.

Kevin said: “We are thrilled to en­gage the lo­cal com­mu­nity par­tic­u­larly when it con­cerns the natural en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“The top­ics are high on our pri­or­ity list as we strive to de­liver more sus­tain­able hous­ing across Lon­don.

“The chil­dren were re­ally ex­cited to be help­ing out and the land­scap­ing looks great thanks to their hard work.”

Telford was re­cently awarded gold at this 2018’s Next Gen­er­a­tion Sus­tain­abil­ity Bench­mark­ing Awards.

The de­vel­oper has risen through the ranks to fourth place in 2018 from 17th in 2016, putting its rapid progress down to the adop­tion of its Build­ing a Liv­ing Legacy sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy, which was launched in 2016.

Telford says the strat­egy re­flects its ded­i­ca­tion to sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble house build­ing and pledges to con­trib­ute to Lon­don’s greener fu­ture. For more in­for­ma­tion about the strat­egy or The Lib­erty Build­ing go to telford­homes.lon­don

The chil­dren were re­ally ex­cited to be help­ing and the land­scap­ing looks great Kevin Hunt, Telford Homes

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