Local children help make retirement garden a wildlife haven

Pupils from Malmesbury CofE Primary School in Malmesbury became budding wildlife enthusiasts after visiting Churchill Retirement Living’s William Lodge development.

The children were invited by the Lodge to help make its garden more wildlife friendly by adding a selection of bird feeders, bee biomes and butterfly homes to the development on Gloucester Road. 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.

Geraldine Jones, teacher at Malmesbury C of E Primary School, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to William Lodge and really engaged with the Owners as they explained all about the different bugs and birds in the garden. It was a great opportunity for the children to get out of school for some outdoor learning – and thankfully the rain held off for us!”

Caroline Haswell, Regional Marketing Manager at Churchill Retirement Living, said:

We were thrilled to host the children from Malmesbury CofE Primary School and were grateful for their help making our garden at William Lodge somewhere homely and familiar for wildlife. The children were absolutely fantastic and the Owners really enjoyed talking to them about the wildlife we see in the garden. We would love to welcome the school back to see how their project is developing later in the year too.

William Lodge is a collection of 26 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.

The development is well located for the town’s thriving high street with an array of independent retailers and a weekly farmers’ and artisan market. The town’s medieval streets with their old courtroom, shops and inns are dominated by the beautiful seventh-century abbey, one of England’s most historic sites. Today the abbey holds regular services for the local community and is home to a bookshop and the Abbey Kitchen serving coffee and light snacks. The internationally renowned Abbey House Gardens surrounding the abbey offer a romantic and unique oasis in the centre of town and are often used for concerts and events through the summer.

For more information on the apartments available at William Lodge, visit the show complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, please call 01666 718270 or click here.