Children at a primary school in Trumpington are looking forward to observing and helping birds, thanks to a recent donation from a local housebuilder. In recognition of World Environment Day (5th June), Barratt Homes – which is building new homes at Franklin Gardens in Cambridge – has donated a set of bird feeders and bird seed to Trumpington Meadows Primary School to mark the final property being sold at its Trumpington Meadows development. 

The donation forms part of the developer’s continuous efforts to support and encourage local wildlife in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving young children the opportunity to view a range of different birds in their natural habitat as the weather gets warmer. Ollie Munro, Head of School at Trumpington Meadows Primary School, said: “The children at Trumpington Meadows care deeply about the environment around them and spend time, as part of our Forest School and wider curriculum, appreciating the sights and sounds of nature.

“We look forward to identifying our new winged visitors to the school!” There are plenty of benefits that come with implementing bird feeders into gardens, such as providing birds with a safe place to collect food to deliver back to their young, and increased pollination. Annette Hurst, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, said: “As a responsible housebuilder, we see it as our duty to encourage wildlife to thrive in the areas in which we build.

“We are delighted to provide the bird seed and feeders to Trumpington Meadows Primary School, which is an excellent school that many of our homebuyers’ children attend. We hope that our donation will help to educate the children about local birds and inspire them to celebrate spotting new species in their nursery grounds.” Barratt Homes has partnered with the RSPB since 2014 to show how new homes and homeowners can help nature and support wildlife.

The agreement was the first of its kind in the UK and was created to look for opportunities to boost natural habitats at developments across the country.