Housebuilder Gives a Hog a Home at Preschool Playground


Research from the Natural History Museum estimates that hedgehog populations have decreased by almost half over the last 13 years.* To help conserve these creatures, local housebuilder Barratt Southern Counties has partnered with Lower Willingdon Pre-School nursery to create a safe home for hedgehogs in the playground this winter.

As hibernation season fast approaches, the housebuilder has donated a warm wooden RSPB ‘hog home’ to the preschool, in which hedgehogs can shelter safely from poor weather and predators. The home can also be used as a safe place to nest in the spring and early summer. The donation also includes nutritious hedgehog food and a feeding bowl.

Lynnette St-Quintin, Sales and Marketing Director at Barratt Southern Counties, comments: “As a sustainable housebuilder, we have a responsibility to provide a safe home not just for people, but for wildlife too. We’re so pleased to work with Lower Willingdon Pre School Nursery to deliver our ‘Give a Hog a Home’ initiative, and create a safe, permanent habitat for hedgehogs.”

Barratt Developments has an ongoing partnership with the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. The housebuilder is on a mission to encourage schools and families near its developments to make small changes to safely co-exist with wildlife.

Julie Langford, Manager at Lower Willingdon preschool nursery comments: “We are so excited to offer a home for hedgehogs in our playground. It is a fantastic opportunity to do our bit to shelter this diminishing species, and teach the children about the importance of preserving our wildlife. We’d like to thank Barratt Homes for its generous donation to us.”

Currently available at Meadowburne Place is a collection of two and three bedroom homes, with prices starting from £254,995 for a two-bedroom semi-detached home. To book an appointment with a sales adviser, contact Barratt Homes via or call 0333 355 8498.