Village tests viability of eco-friendly technology in home life

Dry gardens are one of the new features in gardens in Barratt Homes' Buckshaw Village.

Landscape architects are designing gardens as part of a pioneering eco-friendly village in Lancashire. Barratt Homes is developing the Buckshaw Village site in Chorley in conjunction with scientists from Manchester university, who are testing various experimental and environmentally friendly principles. Barratt group corporate press officer Bob Barlow said at least one of the seven houses will have a “dry” garden. The developer is working with Preston-based Cork Toft Partnership to come up with cutting-edge designs to fit in with the ground-breaking ideas. Barlow said: “It will involve plants and ground-cover that requires very low water usage and ground finishes that have the maximum water retention.” The gardens may also feature bike sheds and garaging for electric cars. The homes will use a variety of energy sources, from geo-thermal and solar power to wind energy. The scheme will become a show village after it opens on 25 May.

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