DEVELOPERS have created more than just homes in a residential part of Thornton.
Hawley Gardens is also home to a dedicated eco-garden to support wildlife in the area and to act as natural flood defences for residents in the new houses.
Ecologists were brought in to ensure David Wilson Homes got the area just right for its smaller residents, including water voles, toads and common lizards.
The garden has been designed to protect the area’s natural eco-system to protect many endangered and important species.
Coun Don MacNaughton, ward councillor for the Bourne area of Thornton and Cleveleys and a resident on Hawley Gardens, has been supporting the development of the area.
He said: “It is vital that we preserve the area’s natural environment.
“The ecological area at Hawley Gardens is a beautiful addition to the development but also protects wildlife that would otherwise not have a habitat here to live in.”
The habitats include a pond, watercourses and natural grassland giving native wildlife a place to live, breed and find food.
And the areas will be of much benefit to Hawley Gardens’ other residents, acting as natural flood defences by providing open water outlets to nearby River Wyre Estuary.
Developer David Wilson Homes North West is now looking at other parts of the site, off Bourne Road, to protect.
There are plans to enhance nearby woodland and establish further grasslands and reed beds later in the year.
Coun Naughton added: “I was really pleased to be asked to come along to see the first phase of the ecological area completed and I look forward to watching how other areas of the development are transformed over the coming months.”
The developers have said they hope the green space will be of as much benefit to residents.
Steve Jackson, sales director at David Wilson Homes North West, added: “We take the sustainability of our developments very seriously and always look for ways to preserve and improve the environments in which we build.
“We hope that residents, as well as the wildlife, that call Hawley Gardens home will see the benefits of this work for many years to come.”