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11 September 2013

The first phase of the 120 acre country park at Countryside Properties’ Great Kneighton development in Cambridge is nearing completion.  The new Country Park will contain woodland, four ponds, one of which is a 50,000 sq m bird reserve, allotments, playing fields for the new secondary school, and a range of adventure play areas.

Construction of the park is taking place in phases, with the southern half nearing completion and planned to be open to the public next summer. All four ponds have been constructed including the bird reserve which is proving very popular and is now home to a wide range of birds. The floating nest islands have even produced their first batch of chicks. One and a half miles of footpath has been laid linking the southern half of the Country Park to the rest of Great Kneighton and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Grass seeding will take place over the next few weeks and will require several months to establish before the first phase of the Park can open to the public. Allotments in various sizes are also under construction within the country park and will be available to all local residents.

James Blair, Site Manager at Great Kneighton comments: “The Country Park at Great Kneighton provides a beautiful backdrop for the new homes and an interesting and peaceful environment for local residents to enjoy.  It has so much to offer, particularly for children to learn and play and is a superb addition to the green open spaces that Cambridge already offers. To date we have planted over 14,000 new trees including eighty large semi mature trees. Last Spring children from Fawcett Primary School had great fun helping us to plant over 600 saplings. They planted a variety of trees including oak, maple, cherry, yew, ash, lime and hazel.  Each one carried their name on a coloured tag which will remain on the trees for years to come and enable the children to identify which trees they planted and watch them mature and grow.”

Great Kneighton is an exciting new community which is taking shape on the southern fringe of Cambridge. Here, Countryside Properties is building a contemporary, sustainable development of over 2,000 imaginatively designed new homes, from apartments through to six bedroom family houses set within a 120 acre country park.  To date, 218 homes have already sold across the site with over 50% of buyers coming for the local area.

Everything will be on the doorstep at Great Kneighton with a whole range of new amenities being planned.  In addition to the country park there will be a health centre, shops, a library, community square, sports pitches and a public art programme.

In conjunction with specialist cultural agency Futurecity, Countryside Properties has commissioned some of the UK\\\\\\\'s leading contemporary public artists to deliver one of the largest public art programmes in the UK. So far six leading artists have been commissioned to create different art projects across the development and country park including artist Nils Norman.

Within the country park Nils is creating designs for bridges over Hobson’s Brook as well as seating areas and pathways across the park.  A series of bird screens are being erected next to the wetland with small insect boxes and bird boxes designed to sit discreetly into the screens.  

For further information on Great Kneighton visit Prices for homes at Abode and Novo currently start from £200,000. For more information on Novo visit or call 01223 842 039 and for more information on Abode visit or call 01223 846650.


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