Barratt celebrate 400,000th home with oak tree planting

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Barratt Homes has marked the completion of its 400,000th home with a tree planting ceremony at one of its newest developments in the area, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The milestone coincides with the unveiling of the five star housebuilder’s new brand identity which will be rolled out across the country starting this week.

Barratt Homes will plant 400,000 trees and shrubs over the next 18 months in celebration of reaching this landmark milestone, an initiative which reflects the importance of green space, nature, and the ecology and biodiversity of new homes developments.

Barratt Homes sales director Michelle Storer said, ‘The oak tree is important to the brand. As well as representing its commitment to sustainability and planting, the iconic tree is at the heart of our logo.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Homes and Communities Agency head of area Kevin Bourner kicked-off the initiative locally by planting the first oak tree in the area at Seacrest Gardens in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The homes have been built on land formerly part of Daedalus, now the Solent Enterprise Zone, which was acquired by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in 2012.

‘I am delighted to help Barratt celebrate this outstanding achievement. I know Barratt locally is delivering an excellent product and much needed new homes in my constituency. I was particularly impressed by the development here in Lee-on-the-Solent and very much enjoyed my tour of the show homes,’ said Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

Kevin Bourner at the HCA said: ‘These homes will make a positive difference to the area and I am sure will prove very popular with local people, which is demonstrated by interest they have shown in the completed houses. They are testament to the work of the partners, who have taken less than two years to develop these impressive new homes. It’s one of a number of exciting new developments happening here, which will make this a great place to live and work.’

Oak trees planted during the reign of King John managed to survive 800 years and reign of 35 other rulers.