Sustrans partnership brings greener future for growing Middlebeck

The developer of Newark’s newest neighbourhood Middlebeck has partnered with national environmental charity Sustrans to bring a greener way of life to the growing community.

The collaboration between Urban&Civic and Sustrans will aid in the local delivery of the Greener Greenway project, a scheme which aims to promote active use of green spaces and protect and enhance biodiversity on the traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.

As part of the initiative, the organisations will together deliver a series of outdoor activities throughout the year, including wildlife walks, Forest School sessions, arts and crafts, and group volunteering.

With outdoor living and an active lifestyle at the heart of the masterplan for the development, Urban&Civic hope the initiative will encourage residents and visitors to spend more time outdoors as well as learn about the varied and vibrant ecology at Middlebeck.

Located on the southern edge of Newark, the 694-acre urban extension will feature 178 acres of natural outdoor space, including a waterside promenade, country park, walkways, and sport pitches, as well as Route 64 of the National Cycle Network passing through the heart of the community.

Johanne Thomas, Communications, Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic, said: “We are incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Sustrans, having already worked closely with the organisation to maximise Middlebeck’s stunning green spaces during Phase One of the development.

“We are fortunate to have the Sustrans Route 64 running through our new community, providing our residents with great cycling and walking connections into Newark and out into the stunning Nottinghamshire countryside. We hope the project will offer residents even more opportunity to make the most of the great outdoors.”

As part of the partnership, Greener Greenways Community Engagement Officer Sim Duhra will join Urban&Civic’s Middlebeck team, working closely with the local community to deliver the scheme.

Sim Duhra, Greener Greenways Community Engagement Officer, added: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Urban&Civic to bring the Greener Greenways project to Newark’s newest neighbourhood. We have worked in the town and surrounding area for several years with a host of different community groups, organisations and schools, and are very much looking forward to extending our work to the new community at Middlebeck.

“Our partnership will allow us to provide residents with new activities, events and initiatives to really make the most of the fantastic outdoor amenities, as well as help protect and preserve the rich ecology of the area.”

Once complete, Middlebeck will boast over 3,000 new homes, a new primary school and a bustling community hub with a café and convenience store, as well as significant green infrastructure.

Phase One of the development is currently underway, with premium housebuilders Avant, Bellway and Countryside now selling a stunning range of two, three, four and five-bedroom family homes.

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