Hopkins Homes joins Homes for Nature initiative

Hopkins Homes has joined a transformative initiative ‘Homes for Nature’ to support wildlife within its new developments.

The commitment will ensure that a bird-nesting brick or box is installed in every new home built, and hedgehog highways created as standard across all new developments starting September 2024.

Partnering with 19 other leading homebuilders, Hopkins Homes is taking a proactive stance to provide essential nesting habitats. This initiative addresses the alarming decline in wildlife populations, including swifts, whose numbers in the UK have halved since 1995, placing them on the Red List of highest conservation concern.

Hopkins Homes has been actively engaged in supporting wildlife conservation for several years, partnering with ‘Save our Suffolk Swifts’ and ‘Hedgehog Street’ to introduce built-in eco-habitats for birds, bats and hedgehogs.  This latest initiative further demonstrates the company’s dedication to creating sustainable new communities that support local ecosystems and protect vulnerable species.

Developed by the ‘On Site Nature Measures Working Group’ convened by the Future Homes Hub, the ‘Homes for Nature’ initiative reflects a sector-wide commitment to biodiversity.

Beginning in September 2024, all new planning applications will incorporate these nature-positive measures, continuing until at least 2030. Annual reporting will track progress and explore additional measures to further support biodiversity, including bat roosts, insect bricks, and pollinator-friendly landscaping.

Duncan Jackson, Managing Director of Hopkins Homes said: “We are proud to join the ‘Homes for Nature’ initiative as it aligns with our commitment to creating sustainable new communities.  In addition to this, where possible we plan to plant two trees for every new home we build, furthering our contribution to the environment and the well-being of our communities.”