A helping hand from CALA Homes enables new trees to take root in Godalming

Residents and children across Godalming were invited to give back to their local community at two special tree plantings event held by social enterprise, Roots for the Future. The events were part-funded following a donation by CALA Homes as part of their 2017 Community Bursary scheme.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Anne Bott marked the occasion at one of the special events on Saturday 17th February at Canon Bowrings Playing Grounds in Farncombe, where local residents and children were invited to get involved in tree planting and enjoy a forest school session and outdoor games with arts and crafts. It also provided a relaxed forum for residents to meet their local councillors Anne Gray, Steve Bott and Nick Williams.

Founded by Francesca Fryer Rigden and Daniel Rigden in mid-2016, Roots for the Future was created in response to flooding issues impacting the local area from the River Wey. The social enterprise aims cultivate a lasting legacy of environmental sustainability by engaging communities in tree planting to benefit the local area in a positive and tangible way.



Nick Twine, Regional Managing Director for CALA Homes (Thames), said: “We received many worthwhile applications from fantastic causes in the local area, and faced a really tough decision when deciding on the final successful applicants. Roots for the Future perfectly reflects CALA’s ethos for supporting local people and creating sustainable communities and we are delighted that the donation enabled them to engage with residents and children by hosting this inspiring event.”

The CALA Community Bursary was launched in April 2017 and invited local charities, organisations and groups to apply for funding for projects which make a vital difference in their communities. Roots for the Future was chosen as one of the worthy recipients.

Francesca Fryer, Executive Officer of Roots for the Future, said: “We are delighted to have secured funding from CALA Homes which to enable us to run two local tree planting workshops along with another grant we received. Our workshops benefit residents of all ages in and around Godalming. Around 50 adults and children came out to make a difference to their local community and in total we planted 30 little oak saplings in a corner plot of Canon Bowrings Playing Grounds in Farncombe , known to locals as Chippy Park.

“Our workshops have a strong focus on children and young people and educating them through forest school activities. This is because we envisage that our workshops will inspire the next generation to protect their green spaces and live more harmoniously with nature. The children were very excited about the prospect of watching the trees grow alongside themselves for years to come.”

CALA has now launched its second year of the Community Bursary scheme, which is open to local charities and communities. The closing deadline for entries is Friday 23rd March and applications can be found at www.cala.co.uk/bursary-south.

For more information on Roots for the Future and how you can get involved, visit https://rootsforthefuture.co.uk/

CALA Homes is an award winning, upmarket housebuilder with developments across the region. For more information, visit www.cala.co.uk.

Notes to Editor – CALA Homes

CALA Homes, part of the CALA Group, is the UK’s most upmarket major home builder operating in the South of England, the Midlands and Scotland. The company is a Top 10 UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high quality homes in prime locations.

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Key Facts:

  • In its full year results for the year ending 30th June 2017, CALA announced record profits of £68.5m (2016: £60.1m).
  • CALA completed on 1,677 units in the year ending 30th June 2017, an increase of 46% on the previous year (2016: 1,151). Over a ten year period, CALA’s volumes have grown by 67%, significantly ahead of major listed peers.
  • As at 30th June 2017, CALA’s owned and contracted landbank stood at 15,836 plots (2016: 15,399) with a potential gross development value over £5.9bn.
  • In 2017, and for the second consecutive year, CALA has collected a Silver award for ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ at the WhatHouse? Awards and also ‘Large Housebuilder of The Year’ at the Scottish Home Awards. In 2016, CALA was crowned ‘Medium Housebuilder of the Year’ at the Housebuilder Awards.
  • On average over the past eight years, 93% of our customers have been willing to recommend CALA to a friend in the Home Builders Federation National New Homes customer satisfaction survey.
  • In March 2013, the CALA Group was acquired by Patron Capital Partners, the private equity group, and Legal & General Group, the insurance, savings and investment management company.
  • At the end of March 2014, CALA acquired Banner Homes, a leading developer and retailer of luxury new homes in the affluent markets of the Midlands and the South East of England. The acquisition expanded the company’s geographical footprint and volume scale to make it a Top 10 UK home builder.
  • CALA started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. As CALA is an acronym it is always reproduced in upper case.


For further information visit www.cala.co.uk.