On Thursday 27th October, residents of The Arbour gathered to walk their very own Big Wild Walk around the green spaces of Beaulieu, a thriving new neighbourhood on the outskirts of Chelmsford, to raise funds for the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Organised by L&Q to support the annual fund-raising activity masterminded by The Wildlife Trust to support their mission to protect at least 30% of land and sea by 2030, the housing association pledged to sponsor every Beaulieu resident to take part, raising a grand total of £2,000 to be donated to the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Conceived by L&Q as a fun way to meet the neighbours and discover the open spaces on their doorsteps, residents were invited to walk 3km around Beaulieu, following a unique path around the site, stamping a worksheet to tick off checkpoints at regularly scheduled intervals. Tying into the wildlife theme of the event and the conservation efforts promoted by The Essex Wildlife Trust, 3km represents the same distance a hedgehog can cover in one night.

Starting at 11:30am, children, adults and four legged companions alike stomped around Beaulieu, a vibrant new district for Chelmsford offering inspirational architecture and landscape with its own unique identity inspired by its rich heritage, offering premium housing and exemplary community facilities. Set around the majestic New Hall School, formerly King Henry VIII’s Tudor palace, and its estate parkland, the development is conceived as a series of individually designed neighbourhoods that connect to the wider landscape and countryside. The Arbour is the latest phase from L&Q at this impressive development, providing 255 Shared Ownership homes to the expanding community.

After completing the walk, participants enjoyed a hog roast and hot chocolate in the last of the summer sunshine. Guests had the opportunity to meet and chat with their neighbours, at the first community event of this kind for The Arbour since residents started moving into the development just over a year ago.