Local children help make retirement garden a wildlife haven

Pupils from Andover Church of England Primary School’s wildlife group put their skills and knowledge to good use as they installed bug and bee homes into their local retirement living garden.

The children were invited by Churchill Retirement Living to help make its Chantry Lodge garden more wildlife friendly by adding a selection of bird boxes, bee biomes and butterfly homes to the development on Chantry Street. They were kindly assisted by some of the Lodge Owners who were on hand to explain about the different wildlife they see in their garden on a daily basis.

Melanie Beardsley, head teacher at Andover Church of England Primary School, said: “We have a great partnership with Chantry Lodge, and this is one of many visits we have made to meet the lovely Owners living there. It was fantastic to be asked back to help make the garden more wildlife friendly and the children certainly enjoyed it. They were really engaged with the Owners as they explained all about the different bugs and birds in the garden and it was a great opportunity for the children to get out of school for some outdoor learning.”

Deborah Waldeck, Regional Marketing Executive at Churchill Retirement Living, said:

We were thrilled to host the children from Andover Church of England Primary School once again. It is really important to us to keep building links like this with the local community, so we were grateful for their help making our garden at Chantry Lodge somewhere homely and familiar for wildlife. The Owners really enjoyed talking to the children about the wildlife we see in the garden, and will certainly be welcoming the school back to see how their project is developing later in the year too.

Chantry Lodge is a collection of 65 one and two bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over 60s. Apartments boast spacious rooms throughout and an ideal combination of design and functionality.

The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system.

With less to worry about, Owners will have more time to do the things they enjoy, including taking advantage of the host of other benefits which will be on offer including having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, and enjoying a chat with neighbours, or attending one of the many events, in the Owners’ Lounge.

This stunning new development has a Wellbeing Suite and a Roof Terrace, which is perfect for enjoying an afternoon cup of tea with friends, or just whiling away the afternoon with a good book. Many of the apartments also have stunning walk-out balconies, while the Owners’ Lounge is ideal for a more sociable place to meet.

The development is well located for the town’s thriving high street which has a good selection of chain stores and local shops, providing for most shoppers’ needs, while The Chantry Shopping Centre is a vibrant place to visit. The town centre also has a host of old pubs and restaurants offering a range of dining options.

With its centuries-old history, you’ll find plenty of places to discover it all. The Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age are both popular, while the Museum of Army Flying and the Museum of Army Chaplaincy show the influence that the army still has on local life.

For more information on the apartments available at Chantry Lodge, visit the show complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, please call 01264 252348 or click here.