Developer Countryside, working alongside Waltham Forest Council, partners with Henry Maynard Primary School and Waltham Forest College to deliver a series of community initiatives

Marlowe Road Community initiatives

Leading mixed-tenure developer Countryside has been working in partnership with Henry Maynard Primary School and Waltham Forest College as part of its commitment to enrich the communities in which it operates.

Countryside – who are working with the local council on the regeneration of Waltham Forest Town Hall and delivering 436 new homes at Marlowe Road in the heart of Walthamstow – has installed a bespoke woodland walk, along with an outdoor classroom at Henry Maynard School, and has also provided over 35 students with work placements at Waltham Forest College, alongside donating surplus materials to the College to help students complete training.

At Henry Maynard Primary School, Countryside, who are continuously looking for ways to support local schools and initiatives, wanted to help to enhance the children’s learning experience and help children get back in touch with nature after Covid restrictions. This was achieved by installing a bespoke woodland walk within the school grounds, along with an outdoor classroom complete with tables and chairs for the children to learn from. This enabled teachers to provide a variety of teaching spaces to support their curriculum and encourage exploration outdoors.

Anne-Marie Morgan, Year 4 Class Teacher and Environmental Lead, Henry Maynard Primary School, said: ‘Countryside transformed our woodland area, which has allowed us to take our learning outside into the beautiful woodland walk area that leads to an outdoor classroom, complete with toadstool seating and tables. This has had such a positive impact on our childrens’ learning and we’re so grateful to Countryside for their support’.

Countryside has also supported Waltham Forest College by providing over 35 students with work placements since the beginning of December 2021. This opportunity allows for students to complete a full week’s work placement on development sites with one of Countryside’s subcontractors – including electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and bricklayers.

Amir Ahmed, Director of Learner Experience and Marketing, Waltham Forest College said: ‘The placements enabled students to gain experience in a real-life work-based setting, in an industry which complements the qualifications they are working towards. The extra knowledge and additional skills gained on site has enabled learners to put their theory into practice to further enhance their career prospects and aspirational goals. Additionally, Countryside has also donated its surplus materials to Waltham Forest College, to be used within our curriculum delivery, that has allowed students to work with specific materials and special bricks that replicates the world of work’.

Daniel Layton, Managing Director, North London, Countryside said: ‘As a business, we are dedicated to delivering places people love and a key aspect of this is engaging with the communities in which we work. By creating the woodland walk and outdoor classroom for Henry Maynard Primary School we are supporting important community stakeholders by helping to maximise the use and enjoyment of the green spaces available to us.

“At Waltham Forest College, we have been thrilled to offer over 35 students the opportunity to take part in work placements as we understand the true value of gaining real-life experience on a live site. We were also pleased that our surplus supplies were put to good use and enabled the students to work with bricks and materials that they normally would not have access to. We are really looking forward to continuing to support the local community through more initiatives in the months ahead’.

Cllr Alistair Strathern, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Waltham Forest, said: “Alongside our ambition to ensure that Waltham Forest residents have access to high-quality housing, we are determined to see that our young people enjoy the best start in life and that they have the tools they need to succeed. The work at Henry Maynard Primary is a great example. The outdoor classroom and nature walk will inspire respect for our environment and native plants and animals in students that we hope will last for the rest of their lives.

“It is through working with socially responsible partners like Countryside that we can achieve these aims, and at the same time deliver more much-needed housing to enable the borough to thrive.”

Marlowe Road is a joint venture housing regeneration scheme being delivered by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Countryside to deliver 436 homes for rent, including 150 for council rent and 18 for shared ownership. There is also 1,123sq m of commercial space being developed, as well as a new public plaza, a children’s play area, and cycling provision. The scheme also includes an on-site Co-op supermarket and multi-use games area, thoughtfully designed to create a unique community hub. Using distinctive architecture and landscaping, residents benefit from several open spaces, designed to promote, and sustain social integration and community activities.