Garden fetes give residents a close encounter with wildlife

October 03 2017

Residents living near building sites in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton have visited a series of free events which gave them a close encounter with local wildlife.

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Residents living near building sites in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton have visited a series of free events which gave them a close encounter with local wildlife. 

Three garden fetes were held by local housing association Merlin and its contractors Lovell in the villages to thank residents for their patience while the building work takes place. Visitors saw hedgehogs, slow worms, toads, with face painting and cake on offer. 

The first two fetes were in Coalpit Heath, with the final event taking place last week in Iron Acton, where 27 homes are being built in Algars Drive, Chilwood Close and Nibley Lane. The last of the existing properties have just been demolished and the timber frames for the new homes have already started going up. Merlin is building 72 affordable homes on several sites across the two villages to replace 44 existing properties which were in poor condition. 

Merlin Customer Liaison Officer Sarah Durbin said: “It’s been great running the garden fetes with Lovell; the kids have loved the bugs, bats and balloons. And hopefully we’ve given some of them the gardening bug with the planting workshops we’ve run at the fetes.” 

The new homes will be available to rent and to buy through shared ownership. Work is due to be completed in phases throughout 2018.

 

Garden fetes give residents a close encounter with wildlife