A new housing development in Aylesbury will feature wildlife corridors between residential and green areas, sustainable urban drainage systems and bee-friendly plants, swift bricks and bird boxes in the gardens of its show homes.
Barratt and David Wilson Homes, working with the RSPB, has pledged to support wildlife, in particular bees, at its developments across the country.
In addition, Barratt Homes announced in May that its sites in Letchworth Garden City and Hemel Hempstead will feature bee-friendly plants in the gardens of its show homes and sales centres. Geraniums, lavenders, heathers, foxgloves, poppies and fruit trees can all attract pollinating insects to gardens and help honeybees and bumblebees, which are under threat from a loss of habitat as well as weather and disease.
"We are asking everyone to help give nature a home as even a few small touches can make a big difference for wildlife," says Paul Stephen, RSPB Biodiversity Adviser. "Gardens can be a fantastic space for families to relax or play, and we would like to see people feel inspired to do something for nature after they visit one of our show homes in Hertfordshire.
"Sadly the UK's bee populations are in decline, but planting the right mix of flowers, shrubs and bushes will help reverse this. And, plants rich in nectar and pollen will not just be welcoming to bees, but will look great for homeowners who want a garden full of life and colour."