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Local Primary School helps out with new Country Park at Great Kneighton

02 April 2012

Pupils from Trumpington’s Fawcett Primary School have helped Countryside Properties with the planting of over 600 trees in the new 120 acre (49 hectare) country park at Great Kneighton, Trumpington.  In lovely Spring weather the Year Five and Six students planted a variety of saplings including oak, maple, cherry, yew, ash, lime and hazel trees.  Each one carried the child’s name on a coloured tag, which will remain on the trees for years to come, enabling the children to identify the trees they planted whenever they visit the park and watch them mature and grow.

The children were assisted by Countryside’s Properties’ team of landscape professionals including landscape architect Paul Gibbs, director of David Jarvis Associates and Colin McDowell, managing director of Plant Style.

Fawcett Primary’s Julie Merriman, said:  “It was an extremely valuable and memorable experience for the children at the end of a term's study of trees and their importance to our planet.  They loved being given the guided responsibility of planting trees which they will be able to visit for years to come.  The organisation and support of Countryside staff has been exemplary.  We all look forward to visiting the trees in future years."

The Great Kneighton Country Park is over four times the size of the open space in the centre of Cambridge known as Parker’s Piece and will provide the local community with plenty of parkland, including wetlands and a bird reserve, allotments, an adventure playground, extensive woodlands, parkland sculptures and sports facilities for the planned secondary school.

The construction of the Country Park is well under way:  the ponds are complete and full of water and the bird reserve is already proving to be very popular with wildlife.  Planting has recently started on the southern half of the Park, known as Phase One.  This will include over 13,000 new trees and bushes, some up to five metres in height.  This initial phase will be finished this coming summer.

The second phase will be started in 2013, with the third phase following the year after.

The country park is the main focus of Countryside Properties’ new community at Great Kneighton, Trumpington, providing much needed new homes for the Cambridge area.  The community will also provide new schools, shops, recreation, community and health facilities, as well as the country park.  The first homes are now available for sale and are being marketed as ‘Novo’.  More details are available by telephoning 07803 988902, emailing or by visiting

Picture shows: James Blair, Countryside Properties, site manager assisting year 5 pupil , Olly, from Fawcett Primary School

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