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The Benefits of Wildflower Meadows

September 4, 2017 | by Lucy Gibson

Meadfleet are committed to encouraging and improving biodiversity on our sites.  Wildflower meadows are just one method of attracting and supporting a range of species.  They also create a variety of colours, shapes and smells providing an interesting display throughout spring, summer and autumn. Meadfleet work with housebuilders to manage the public open spaces on their developments.  Often during the planning phase, it will be specified that certain habitats are created or particular planting is included and these can include wildflower areas.   We work to ensure any ecological requirements of the planning permission are implemented and maintained for the lifetime of the development.                        The presence of wildflowers with nectar-rich plants helps  more...


The Tree of Knowledge and Magic

August 21, 2017 | by Lucy Gibson

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been noticing the hazel trees on our developments beginning to bear fruit (or nuts to be more precise).  The Corylus avellana trees seem to be flourishing with some healthy clusters of hazelnuts.  Hazel trees are regarded by some as magic, with their rods historically used for water divining and magic wands. The trees are also known by some as trees of knowledge and in medieval times, were a symbol of fertility. Prior to the early 1900s Hazel trees were grown on a large scale for their nuts in the UK.  Now most of our hazelnuts are imported with Turkey being a major grower and Nutella their most significant customer. Hazelnuts can be harvested from late August/September  more...


Meadfleet Team Attend Housebuilder’s Charity Ball

July 3, 2017 | by Lucy Gibson

Representatives from the Meadfleet team got glammed up on Saturday 1st July to attend Strata Home's Charity Summer Ball in Leeds.   The event was superbly organised and we had a great night eating, dancing and of course, networking! We were delighted to be one of the evening's main sponsors.  Money raised on the night went to Danielle's Flutterbyes, a charity helping young people with kidney disease.  A staggering £54,043 was raised on the night.  Prizes in the charity and silent auctions included an Anthony Joshua boxing glove and a weekend in Florence.  This year, Strata invited some homeowners from their developments along to the event.  This included residents of the Instinct development where Meadfleet manage and maintain the public open spaces.  We  more...


Seeds and Plants Donated to Housing Association

June 30, 2017 | by Lucy Gibson

Meadfleet are delighted to have donated seeds, plants and feed to one of the UK's leading social housing providers, Sanctuary Housing.  The donation is for use at their Corbett Court retirement development in Manor Gardens, Market Drayton. Hannah Highfield, our regional manager who oversees the management and maintenance of Meadfleet owned public spaces in the area, presented the scheme manager, Lynn Fenlon, with our donation. A range of plants for the scheme were selected including tomatoes, peppers and chilli’s.  Also donated were a range of seeds for future harvests and feed to ensure the plants thrive and reach their full potential.  As part of the donation Hannah also took some time out of her weekend to help with the planting.  more...


Another new addition, welcome Annie!

May 18, 2017 | by admin

Meadfleet would also like to welcome Annie to the Regional Manager team. Annie manages the West of England and Wales, she is a chartered landscape architect with several years’ experience in the green space sector. Annie has a broad range of experience including working for an environmental consultancy managing landscape projects for a range of clients in the private, public and charity sectors and for a landscape contractor who provides services to local authority clients. Annie has extensive experience of open space management, community engagement, biodiversity and of planning and overseeing the implementation of both small and large scale landscape schemes. Annie is really looking forward to working with Meadfleet and making a difference in her patch!


Welcome Oliver!

May 18, 2017 | by admin

Meadfleet would like to introduce Oliver Stovell, the newly appointed Regional Manager for our developments in the South East of England. Oliver has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Landscape Management from Greenwich University. Joining us us from Kent County Council, Oliver was previously working for the highways soft landscape team as a GIS technical support officer. His experience of managing contracts, landscape management, technical skills as well as team management and working with the public will no doubt serve him well in his career with Meadfleet. Oliver will be ensuring the open spaces on the developments we manage in the South East are being maintained to a high standard.  Meadfleet have a network of degree qualified managers looking  more...


Friends of Ampthill Great Park

May 2, 2017 | by admin

Meadfleet were delighted to be involved with The Friends of Ampthill Great Park Fun Dog show! This was a charity event held by The Friends of Ampthill Great Park local community volunteer group. The volunteer group actively work towards everyone being able to enjoy Ampthill Great Park, with all of the proceeds from events going towards enabling disabled access in Ampthill Great Park so that everyone is able to enjoy the beautiful park and all the benefits that it brings with it.   The event was hugely successful raising over 3 times the amount on the previous year! At the hugely popular fun dog show there was a range of classes in 2 show rings to include puppies, veterans, non-sporting, sporting, cross  more...


Spring has arrived!

March 17, 2017 | by admin

The weather is warming, the days are longing, and that can only mean one thing….Spring is here! Last Autumn Meadfleet undertook a Nation-wide initiative to add some additional Spring colour to our areas of Public Open Space. We take great pride in ensuring we provide areas that can be enjoyed all year round.                                             We planted thousands of UK native Spring flowering bulbs including English bluebell and single snowdrop for woodlands and hedgerows, as well as Tenby and wild daffodil within our grassland areas. Our landscape is a refuge for biodiversity and native plants are a vital part of the natural  more...


Hannah Highfield joins Meadfleet

December 9, 2016 | by admin

Meadfleet are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Highfield as Regional Manager.  Working as part of the operations team Hannah will oversee sites in the Midlands area. Hannah has a BSc (Hons) in Landscape Management and Design. She is joining us from one of the UK's leading housing developers where her role as a Landscape Architect puts her in excellent stead, with experience in project management, planning, maintenance and working closely with contractors.  


Working for Wildlife on our Waterways

November 30, 2016 | by admin

SPOTTED: Residents on one of our developments have delivered some exciting news, having caught a glimpse of the European otter along one of our riverbanks. Otter cubs were seen playing together during the summer months as well as adults commuting and foraging before dusk. Meadfleet's in-house ecologist, Samantha Hursey was delighted with the news, "this highlights the success of creating management plans for ecology, and the importance of undertaking works to maintain suitable habitats for protected species on our sites across the UK" At the Old Cider Factory in Norton Fitzwarren, the river bank is known to be an important habitat for otters and water voles, as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Water voles create burrows in the  more...