Five star housebuilder, Barratt Developments North East, has launched a new initiative designed to support the local communities in which it builds. The Community Fund will see the housebuilder donate up to £1,000 each month to a community group or charity across the North East region. As part of the new scheme, the housebuilder is supporting the NHS Vocational Rehabilitation Horticulture Project, which operates close to Barratt Developments Cherry Tree Park, comprising of both David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes properties, in Ryhope.

The housebuilder’s £1,000 donation, which directly supports the horticulture project, will assist the organisation to provide horticultural, education and employment opportunities to service users, most notably using horticulture in a therapeutic way to support recovery and maintain mental well-being in individuals.

Based within the grounds of Hopewood Park Hospital, the service is part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), which provides mental health and disability services across the North East.

In addition to the monetary donation, Cherry Tree Park’s Show Homes now feature hanging baskets provided by the NHS Vocational Rehabilitation Horticulture Project.

Ashlea Wright, Sales Manager at Barratt Developments’ Cherry Tree Park, commented: “We are delighted to launch the Community Fund initiative across our North East division, which will enable us to continue to support the communities and causes around our developments. We’re proud to donate this month’s fund to such a worthwhile project within the Ryhope area, and are pleased that we are able to help the NHS Trust provide support for both inpatients and outpatients.”

Ray Lamb, Representative of the NHS Vocational Rehabilitation Garden Project, commented: “As an independent project, we rely on charitable donations to keep our support going and it’s wonderful to see a local housebuilder support its communities in this way. We’re so grateful to the team at Barratt Homes North East for their generous donation, as it will truly make a huge difference to those that need it most.”