Builder supports Calderwood country park’s development plans

A West Lothian conservation and volunteer group have been named a Community Champion by a regional housebuilder.

Friends of Almondell have received a £500 cash boost from Persimmon Homes East Scotland, helping towards the management of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park.

The volunteer group work to improve the parks 220 acres for the local community to enjoy and are active in their fundraising efforts, raising a total of £469 from a plant and bake sale. The group also aim to incorporate other local community groups to participate and improve the condition of the park.

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said:

“We were delighted to be able to donate money to help Friends of Almondell to continue in the upkeep of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, which our Calderwood development is named after.”

In order to purchase vital tools and safety equipment, necessary for public pathways, grassland and wildlife pond maintenance, Friends of Almondell applied to Persimmon Homes East Scotland’s Community Champions initiative.

With the funding, they specifically aim to increase the snowdrop population, plant a heather garden, refurbish the pond and improve the biodiversity surrounding the disabled carpark for a more aesthetically pleasing environment.

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.  Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.
Jim added:

“We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, and we’re urging groups and charities to apply for next month’s donation by completing an online form atwww.persimmonhomes.com/charity.

The developer has submitted a planning application to deliver a further 260 homes in East Calder.  Work is expected to commence in the summer of 2016.