10 Mar 2013

Community on site to see Applewood progress

Over 60 people attended a community tree planting event in early March on the old Cashes Green Hospital site in Stroud, hosted by the Cashes Green Community Land Trust (CGCLT). The new development, known as Applewood, is being developed by Haboakus – the joint venture between GreenSquare and Kevin McCloud's company Hab.

Applewood will have 20 affordable homes for rent, 19 homes for shared ownership, and 39 homes for sale on the open market by Haboakus. The new homes for affordable rent at Applewood will be managed by Oxbode, GreenSquare's Gloucester-based housing association.

Markey Construction is building the project, and was on hand to support the community event as well.

The tree planting event was made possible by the Woodland Trust who donated 100 fruit and nut trees as part of a Jubilee Year gift to the CGCLT. These trees will become part of the development's “edible landscaping plan”, which will encourage residents to grow and share their own food. Local residents were able to plant a small tree in a pot that will later be planted on the site. Many residents labelled their trees with names of their children and grandchildren.

Local residents were able to see the progress of the building work first-hand, and meet Kevin McCloud and the team from Haboakus and ask questions about the new houses. Lis Parker, a member of the CGCLT board and a local resident described the event as “very successful”. She added: “It was a fabulous day with a great atmosphere, and it demonstrated that there is a strong community at Cashes Green for new residents to move into and contribute to.”

Find out more at www.haboakus.co.uk/applewood

Photo by Ruth Davey/Look Again (www.look-again.org)