On Tuesday 4th April, residents at The Arbour in Chelmsford – part of our award-winning development, Beaulieu – gathered for a day of Easter festivities to raise money for the Wilderness Foundation – a local charity that aims to keep people healthy and the planet wild.

The event gave residents the chance to get involved with a number of family-friendly Easter workshops, hosted by The Crafty Hen. Tying into Community Garden Week, which ran from 3rd – 9th April, guests had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and create a bug hotel for their gardens – decorating unique habitats with a range of natural materials, including pinecones and bamboo. The ideal spot for their tiny neighbours!

For residents eager to get crafty, residents were also able to take part in a sunny egg cup painting workshop, with session leader Kate teaching families how to paint their favourite animals, cars or even abstract shapes on a personalised egg cup – guaranteed to brighten up breakfast time! For those who don’t enjoy dippy eggs and soldiers, the egg cups were perfect as a thoughtful gift for family and friends amongst all the chocolate.

Local food supplier, Piperoni, fired up a pizza oven in a bespoke Land Rover Discovery, offering a range of toppings – including Margherita, Prosciutto and Fiorentina. Guests were able to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a cheesy feast whilst perfecting their arts and crafts.

Our homes at The Arbour are surrounded by a vast amount of picturesque green space, and at L&Q we are committed to protecting the green spaces that make Beaulieu and The Arbour the unique site that it is. This aspect of the local area inspired our choice to support a charity that aims to conserve the natural world. For every guest that joined us last week, we were proud to donate £50 to The Wilderness Foundation. Thanks to the Big Green Match Fund, a national campaign that matched our contribution in honour of World Earth Day, we were delighted to raise a total of £2,700 for the charity – a fantastic amount to support the protection of local wildlife and green space!