Meadfleet’s Samantha Hursey Contributes to Ecology Publication

February 7, 2018 | by Lucy Gibson

Our in-house ecologist Samantha Hursey, contributed to the latest edition of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)'s InPractice publication with an article on relocating orchid species in order to preserve and protect them successfully. It can take a considerable number of years for newly created habitats to attain the same level of biodiversity as habitats that is lost. The article describes the translocation of biodiverse grassland habitat, highlighting the importance of pre-construction surveys, having an ecologist present during the works, the need for quick decision making, problem solving and a good relationship and communication with the contractors undertaking the works. The article includes ‘lessons learned’ to provide helpful information for other projects undertaking similar translocation works. Key  more...

Meadfleet Helps the Hedgehogs!

December 22, 2017 | by Lucy Gibson

Meadfleet are proud to donate to Prickles Hedgehog Rescue. This amazing charity which is entirely run by volunteers was brought to our attention by Claire Connely, a Meadfleet regional manager. Like all of our regional managers Claire is passionate about wildlife and has previously volunteered at the charity. Located close to one of our developments, Strawberry Meadows, Prickles Hedgehog Rescue in Cheddar take in injured, poorly and orphaned creatures and nurse them back to health. The charity relies on the goodwill and generosity of donors to fund their brilliant work but over recent months have been struggling to make ends meet. Prickles therefore took the step of creating a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 in order to keep operating in  more...

A Day in the Life: Meadfleet’s in-house ecology expert Samantha Hursey gives an insight in to her busy role

September 12, 2017 | by Sam Hursey

I joined Meadfleet in January 2016 to bring a new area of expertise to the management of their sites nationwide.  It had become clear to the directors of Meadfleet that there was a need to have dedicated ecological expertise within their management team.  The purpose of the role being to advise and assist their team on environmental issues affecting the land they own, manage and maintain.  Additionally, there was a requirement to provide company-wide guidelines on ecology related matters. I was excited to join a company that were clearly aiming to not just maintain land but make improvements wherever possible, particularly with a view to protecting natural areas and encouraging native species to thrive. Meadfleet own, manage and maintain 300 areas  more...

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...