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Local park gets ready for new guests

Friday, 1 September 2023

Children using a much-loved Central Bedfordshire park are buzzing thanks to a new home for bugs and bees.

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, which is currently building new homes at its Thorn Fields development near Houghton Hall Park, has donated £500 in support of the Friends of Houghton Hall Park Group, plus a new insect abode to be installed in the kitchen gardens.

Houghton Hall Park, which we own and jointly manage with Houghton Regis Town Council, has the support from the Friends of Houghton Hall Park Group, who were setup in 2021 to assist with conservation tasks, gardening, events, and fundraising.

Following discussions with many local businesses, Taylor Wimpey South Midlands donated the funds to help fix rotten raised beds and have provided the new bug house for wildlife to thrive.

A group of people from Friend of Houghton Hall Park and Taylor Wimpey South Midlands.

Councillor Rebecca Hares, our Executive Member for Health and Community Liaison, said:

We are very grateful to receive this donation and would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for supporting the Friends of Houghton Hall Park, who give their time so generously to improve the park for the whole community.

This is the first bug house in the Kitchen Garden at Houghton Hall Park, and it will be great to see it in the children’s area. This bug house will help educate children about animal habitats and encourage wildlife species conservation.

Fiona Lloyd, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said:

It means a great deal to us to be able to support local community groups, like the Friends of Houghton Hall Park, who do a fantastic job of looking after a much-valued place of interest for local people and visitors alike. The work we do is about much more than building new homes and we hope both donations make a difference!

Find out more or join the Friends of Houghton Hall Park.