A place to put down roots: Charnwood Councillor plants ceremonial oak at Broadnook Garden Village

A place to put down roots: Charnwood Councillor plants ceremonial oak at Broadnook Garden Village

Councillor Margaret Smidowicz has ceremoniously planted a commemorative Broadnook Oak tree on the grounds of Broadnook Garden Village, where building work has recently begun to bring 1,950 quality new homes to Charnwood.

A place to put down roots: Charnwood Councillor plants ceremonial oak at Broadnook Garden Village

Accompanied by a plaque to remember the occasion, the Broadnook Oak has now been planted in pride of place at what will be Broadnook Walk, standing as a symbol of the new village’s ethos to create a long-lasting community that is in harmony with nature for years to come.

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Charnwood, Broadnook Garden Village is testament to innovative community planning and a commitment to cultivating attractive and beautiful places to live. As construction progresses, the planting of this Broadnook Oak represents growth, longevity, and the enduring bond between nature and modern communities – as befitting its Garden Village ethos.

A place to put down roots: Charnwood Councillor plants ceremonial oak at Broadnook Garden Village

The vision of Broadnook Garden Village is being brought to life by Davidsons Homes, Cora and Bovis Homes, with the first residents expected to move in during autumn 2024.

Native to Charnwood Forest and England, the oak tree signifies permanence and can live up to one thousand years.  It is hoped it will flourish on site acting as a steadfast symbol throughout the growth of Broadnook Garden Village.

The green agenda is an enormously important one for Broadnook: more than 50 per cent of Broadnook’s land is dedicated to open and green spaces, with hundreds of trees to be planted, ample green space for parks, recreation grounds and leafy walks, as well as untouched land left entirely to nature to allow local wildlife and native plants to flourish.

Broadnook also incorporates the heritage trees of Broadnook Spinney into the village’s new park, allowing residents to explore and enjoy the shady walks the canopy provides.

Located to the south of Rothley, Broadnook Garden Village draws on the Garden City ethos, pioneered by Ebenezer Howard over one hundred years ago. Howard’s ideas led to leafier, greener settlements in Britain and beyond, including Letchworth and Welwyn. With May being the memorial month for Howard’s death in 1928, the construction at Broadnook has even more significance, as its development takes inspiration from the ideal of combining the best of town and county.

As the Broadnook Oak takes root at Broadnook Garden Village, it signals the start of a new chapter in the region’s history—one characterised by thoughtful development, thriving communities, and a deep reverence for nature.

For more information about Broadnook Garden Village, homes and news, please visit Broadnook.co.uk and follow @BroadnookGardenVillage on social media.

About Broadnook Garden Village:

Imagine a modern, purpose-built, community that feels like a village bedded into the land for centuries. Leicestershire’s first Garden Village has been mindfully designed to be exactly that.  Take a walk through Broadnook and you will be greeted with spacious, tree-lined avenues, gorgeous green spaces and a thriving, connected community feel.

Positioned just off the A6/A46, with the historic Great Central Railway flanking to the west, Broadnook Garden Village is designed to offer modern conveniences and be connected to surrounding cities, while retaining its identity as a contemporary Garden Village in a picturesque corner of Charnwood, Leicestershire.

Whether you’re escaping to the countryside for a slower pace of life, or raising a family in a thriving community, Broadnook Garden Village is countryside living, redefined.

About Davidsons Homes

Based in Ibstock, Leicestershire, Davidsons Homes is a family owned and managed company which has been building quality homes for three generations.

Davidsons Homes opened its South Midlands region in 2019, operating from Blisworth, Northamptonshire.

About Cora Homes

We create amazing places for families, communities, and generations to come. When we leave our mark on a community, it should have a positive, lasting effect that enhances lives.

Cora is a leading housebuilder based in Northamptonshire, delivering excellent quality and sustainable homes. Cora is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050 and has joined the SME Climate Hub as part of its goal to halve carbon emissions by 2030. The company has already recognised for their sustainability commitments, including an Edie Net-Zero Award.

For more information, visit www.cora.uk

About Bovis Homes

Bovis Homes – part of Vistry Group – is one of the UK’s leading housebuilding brands, with a portfolio ranging from one and two-bedroom apartments to five and six-bedroom, detached family homes. Properties in Bovis Homes’ latest collection focus on well-proportioned exteriors with a real sense of light and flow on the inside.

Vistry Group is one of the leading housebuilders in the country and delivers thousands of homes every year for both the private and affordable market places. The Group has been awarded the 5 Star Rating by the Home Builders Federation following the latest home building industry’s Customer Satisfaction Survey.

For more information, visit www.bovishomes.co.uk or www.vistrygroup.co.uk.