Dec 19, 2016
The first new trees have been planted at The Quarry, Erith by pupils from the Woodland Academy Trust and local dignitaries including Leader of Bexley Council Councillor Teresa O’Neill.
28 pupils from Northumberland Heath Primary School braved the January cold to help plant a variety of trees and shrubs at The Quarry, breaking ground on the space which will become the development’s ecology area. The planting followed an assembly presentation by Sharon Hosegood, the arboriculturalist working with developers L&Q and Andersons, which taught the pupils the importance of looking after the natural world.
The pupils were also joined by the Leader of Bexley Council Councillor Teresa O’Neill, Mayor of Bexley Councillor Eileen Pallen and local ward councillor Councillor Edward Boateng. They were given a tour of The Quarry and its ecology areas, which will measure 3.25 hectares – the equivalent size of three football pitches.
In addition to the ecology area, The Quarry will be home to a new state-of-the-art primary school, Lime Wood Free School. The School will be run by Woodland Academy Trust, who also run Northumberland Heath Primary School.
Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, said:
“The Quarry is an exciting development for the future of Erith and our wider borough so it’s right that the next generation have been involved in planting the first trees of The Quarry’s ecology area. Bexley is a borough that has many spots of natural beauty and open spaces for families to enjoy and I’m confident the 3.25 hectare ecology area at The Quarry will be an excellent addition to that.”
Claire Ingrams, Principal Designate, Lime Wood Free School (Woodland Academy Trust), said:
“It was fantastic to have our children involved in the planting of these trees at The Quarry. Both the talk from Sharon and the tree planting really helped develop the children’s understanding of local nature – you could see on their faces how fascinated and excited they were to be planting the first trees at The Quarry.”
Christine Shea, Regional Sales Director at L&Q, added:
“We’re thrilled to have planted these trees at The Quarry with the Woodland Academy Trust. The Quarry has played an important role in the lives of local people for centuries so we’re delighted to breathe life back into this site. That includes the creation of both the ecology area and a new primary school, which will ensure the next generation have just as fond memories of The Quarry as the past and present generations.”
Sean Emmett, Operations Director at The Anderson Group added:
“We believe in leaving anything we touch in a slightly better place than we found it. This applies to tangibles such as places, buildings, people, but also to relationships, cultural characteristics and placemaking. Giving the site more healthy trees will in turn encourage wildlife and improve the whole feel of the site, taking it into the next stage of its place in history”
Set to launch in spring 2017, The Quarry will comprise of an exceptional collection of around 470 family houses for sale, 130 unique apartments for private rent and a state-of-the-art three form-entry primary school.