A ceremonial tree planting was undertaken at Crest Nicholson’s Park Central residential development in Birmingham city centre this week, to help create a lasting legacy of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for the local community.
The traditional oak tree was planted in the development’s Sunset Park, located off Mason Way, by the new leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, and Debbie Aplin, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration. The event was also attended by other council members, representatives from Crest Nicholson’s development partner, Optima Community Association, and school pupils from St. Thomas CE Primary School and James Brindley Parkway Teaching Centre – both of which border the Park Central site.
Whilst the oak tree was chosen for its stately appearance and traditional associations with the British landscape, it also compliments the existing flora in the eight acres of landscaped parkland that surrounds the homes at Park Central.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I have been involved with Park Central from the very beginning and it has been fantastic to see it develop into what the site is today.
“I remember when I was travelling into work one day before the regeneration of the Lee Bank area took place and there was a big sign saying ‘the worst slum in the world’. To have developed the area from what it was into this wonderful development that we see today, full of green space and beautiful new homes, is extraordinary and it has been a pleasure to return for this momentous occasion.”
Following the planting of the tree, the school pupils were each given their own strawberry plant so they could take a living souvenir away from the event.
Debbie Aplin, managing director at Crest Nicholson Regeneration said: “Planting this beautiful tree is our way of honouring the Queen’s reign during this Diamond Jubilee year and establishing a living monument at Park Central that can be seen and enjoyed by many over the coming decades. We are honoured to have Sir Albert Bore help us plant the tree and make this an occasion to remember for the school children that attended, and for the existing residents at Park Central.”
More than 1,000 apartments are now occupied at Park Central, which aims to bring approximately 1,650 new homes to Birmingham city centre.
Set amongst the landscaped parkland, apartments in the latest phase of Park Central, Lower Parkside, start in price from just £99,950 for a one bedroom contemporary property. Built with an open plan design and fitted with designer kitchens and bathrooms, all apartments boast spacious balconies for home owners to enjoy the green views on offer – making Park Central really stand out in the local market place.
Located just a short walk away from the Bullring and the many bars and restaurants in Birmingham city centre, Park Central offers the ideal location for people wanting to enjoy city centre living whilst having a peaceful place to relax. For more information on Park Central and to arrange a viewing please call the sales team on 0121 666 4666. Alternatively visit the new marketing suite, which is open daily from 10am to 5pm and is located at Park Central, Spring Street, Birmingham B15 2GD.