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Meadfleet Achieve Accreditation in Internationally Recognised Environmental and Quality Standards

July 16, 2018 | by Lucy Gibson

Meadfleet are one of the most experienced and successful open space management companies in the country.  We adopt, manage and maintain open space on behalf of developers and residents.   With ownership comes a responsibility to ensure high quality management and care in perpetuity.  Our approach is to work side by side with residents, managing spaces to a style and quality they desire whilst protecting the legacy of the developer. As a business, we are continually looking at how we can improve both the quality of our developments, our service to residents and our environmental credentials.   As a demonstration of this, Meadfleet are delighted to announce that they have achieved accreditation in two European standards: Quality Management ISO 9001: 2015 and  more...


Meadfleet Features in Professional Housebuilder and Property Developer Magazine

April 5, 2018 | by Lucy Gibson

We recently worked with the team at Professional Housebuilder and Property Developer magazine on a question and answer style article regarding the ongoing management and maintenance of open spaces on new build developments.  Our Managing Director, Paul Miller, answered questions on how Meadfleet can solve some of the problems faced by modern housebuilders, including solutions for some of the more complex requirements such as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and ecological management plans.  Also in the article we discussed the benefits of having a specialist open space management company taking care of public open spaces and how Meadfleet work with residents on our developments.   Read the full article here: http://phpdonline.co.uk/features/managing-open-spaces/ For more information about how Meadfleet work with developers please click below: http://www.meadfleet.co.uk/who-we-work-with/developers/ If you would like Meadfleet  more...


Meadfleet Donates Bird Nest Boxes to Residents

April 3, 2018 | by Lucy Gibson

Meadfleet are passionate about enriching our open spaces not just for our residents but for local wildlife too. We recently donated 250 bird nesting boxes to residents across our developments to help encourage more wildlife on to our open spaces.   The donation was made in the spirit of bringing neighbours together to install the nest boxes and then maintain them over the coming years.   Groups of residents worked together to position the boxes in locations that would best attract birds and where the community would get the most bird watching opportunities!  As a landowning management company Meadfleet are keen to promote projects that bring wildlife on to our open spaces, ensuring that any impacts new build developments may have on nature populations are mitigated as far as possible.  In addition to bird boxes we also supplied a  more...


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...