A green-fingered house hunter who took part in a tree planting event within the area surrounding Wichelstowe has now put down roots at the development.
Phoebe Page, a philosophy lecturer at the University of West of England, volunteered her time to plant trees on the new Barratt Homes development last year.
She said she was so impressed that she wasted no time in reserving a two-bedroom Radford house as soon as it was released for sale.
She was the first person to reserve a plot at Wichel Fields @ Wichelstowe and has recently received the keys to her brand-new home.
Phoebe, who made the move to Wichelstowe from her rental home in Bristol, said: “Wichel Fields @ Wichelstowe instantly impressed me. The canal area, ponds, nature walks and wildlife make it such a truly unique, relaxing place to live, however there’s still loads of community facilities on the doorstep which are really handy.
“Having lived on a canal boat previously, it is great to escape back to the country and reconnect with nature.”
Construction of the 182 new timber framed properties at Wichel Fields @Wichelstowe is said to be building momentum. Earlier this month, Barratt Homes opened up their new timber framed and energy efficient show homes.
Andrea Pilgrim, sales director for Barratt Homes Bristol, said: “Welcoming Phoebe into her new home is an important milestone for the latest phase of Swindon’s flagship Wichelstowe development. We’re sure she will enjoy many happy years at Wichel Fields.
“We have been overwhelmed by the level of interest there has been in this development and the thriving new community that’s already evident. Our door is always open whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move into a bigger property, and we have a range of incentives to help you move.”
The new community at Wichelstowe covers 600 acres on the southern edge of Swindon.
In addition to 208 new homes already delivered at Canalside @ Wichelstowe, the 250-acre site also includes Waitrose, Hall & Woodhouse bar and restaurant and community facilities.
Once complete, there will be 200 acres of open space, 12km of new footways and cycleways, 1.5 acres of allotments and 20 acres of play areas and sports pitches.
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