Park bench gift as village woodland site takes shape

Steve Lassman, Amy Atkins, Katrin Eindorf-Hill and Lisa Ash.
Steve Lassman, Amy Atkins, Katrin Eindorf-Hill and Lisa Ash.

A new picnic bench and a young oak tree have been sponsored by a local housebuilder as part of new woodland in the village of Crick.

Crick’s Jubilee Wood, which can be found off Yelvertoft Road, on the outskirts of the village, is a new recreational area.

When completed it will feature around 7,500 trees across 12 acres of fields owned by Crick Parish Council.

Barratt Homes Northampton, which is currently building new homes in Crick at its new development St Margaret’s View, donated more than £500 towards the wheelchair accessible picnic bench, plus a red oak tree sapling, on Brims Hill.

Steve Lassman, chairman of the Crick Jubilee Wood Committee said: “Our thanks go out to Barratt Homes Northampton for their generous contribution to the new woodland.

This picnic bench will be a feature here at Jubilee Wood for future generations, 
and the red oak should grow to a grand old age alongside it.

“We don’t have lots of woodland near Crick, so we wanted to create a new habitat for wildlife.

“We want todevelop it as 
a recreational area, featuring a nature trail, picnic tables and footpaths for people to enjoy.”

Andrew Swindell is managing director for Barratt Northampton.

He said: “We thought we’d contribute something towards the Jubilee Wood, which should bring the people of Crick much enjoyment.

“As a responsible housebuilder we often contribute towards community projects such as this.

We also place great value in re-forestation, and planted or retained more than 17,000 trees or shrubs at our sites across the region in 2014.”