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Sustainable housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) has hosted a special event at its Leighfield Park development in Oakham to officially open its on-site allotment gardens.
Larkfleet currently offers allotment gardens to all residents at Leighfield Park to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and community.
To showcase the allotments that are available to homeowners, a special ‘model eco allotment’ has been developed that demonstrates the potential they have for the cultivation of healthy wildlife ecosystems and home-grown, sustainable produce.
Celebrity gardener Nick Hamilton, owner of nearby Barnsdale Gardens, was a special guest at the event and planted an English cherry tree with Karl Hick, Larkfleet’s managing director, to mark the allotments officially open.
Pupils from Catmose Primary School and Langham Primary School also attended the opening event. In keeping with the ‘eco’ theme of the day, charity Froglife was on hand to provide educational activities for pupils that included pond planting and nature flag making.
Larkfleet managing director Karl Hick said: “Sustainability and energy-efficiency are high on Larkfleet’s agenda and we are delighted to offer these allotment gardens to all residents at Leighfield Park.
“This opening ceremony hopefully marks the beginning of a thriving allotment community at Leighfield Park and provides the opportunity for residents to enjoy home-grown produce in their new Larkfleet properties.”
Tours of Larkfleet’s allotment offering were available after the opening ceremony and light refreshments were provided for guests.
As well as providing allotments, all Larkfleet’s Leighfield Park properties will have solar PV (photovoltaic) panels fitted as standard so that homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills. The PV panels will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days.
Larkfleet also has an electric car charging point on site for resident and public use.
Leighfield Park is the first phase of Oakham Heights, Larkfleet’s major urban expansion of Oakham, located on land between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road. The development offers traditionally-styled three, four and five-bedroom properties starting from £184,995.
Larkfleet offers the government’s Help to Buy scheme at Leighfield Park which allows homebuyers to potentially own 100 per cent of their new home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and 5 per cent deposit.
The Help to Buy scheme is different to other government schemes as it is not just available to first-time buyers. Current homeowners selling to buy a new home can also benefit from the scheme and there is no cap on household income in order to be eligible. Furthermore, there is no restriction on the number of bedrooms a property may have, so in theory a single person could purchase a four-bedroom property with the Help to Buy scheme.
And if people want to really get a feel for the quality homes Larkfleet provides in Oakham, Leighfield Park offers homebuyers the opportunity to ‘try out’ a fully furnished Larkfleet property for a weekend – or perhaps even longer.
Larkfleet’s ‘try before you buy’ scheme is perfect for those homebuyers who wish to spend a little longer learning about the area and Larkfleet properties. Larkfleet has put together an informative guide on Oakham so that customers staying in the ‘try before you buy’ property at Leighfield Park can take full advantage of the local area.
Oakham is located only 11 miles from the historic town of Stamford, which was recently voted ‘the best place to live in Britain’ by The Sunday Times newspaper. Excellent public transport in the area means that residents in Oakham can easily enjoy Stamford’s mix of ancient and modern architecture, various cultural offerings, independent boutiques and fantastic restaurants and bars – as well as all that Oakham has to offer.
Larkfleet Homes is a member of the Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk).
For more information on Leighfield Park please contact 01572 722262 or visit the Larkfleet website – www.larkfleethomes.co.uk.