Hartford Homes UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Partner

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Hartford Homes UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Partner

We are delighted to have become the Isle of Man’s first property developer to be awarded full Partnership status with UNESCO BIOSPHERE ISLE OF MAN.

As of March 2022, we have already started on the first of a series of planned ‘Microforests’ at our Royal Park development in Ramsey.

As part of our commitment to minimising our impact, while providing essential quality new housing for our community, we have launched our Ecology Charter, as detailed below:



Balancing the need for growth and housing and protecting the environment is a major modern-day challenge, particularly for our unique island. However, at Hartford, we believe that with care and consideration a balance can exist. New homes and employment premises are required and there will be impact, so we have developed this charter to build on Hartford’s sustainable approach for the overall benefit and growth to our island home. As such, we will actively promote our Ecology Charter to ensure we maintain our standards and encourage others.

  • All our new developments will seek to provide net gains in ecological biodiversity wherever possible.
  • We work closely with Manx Wildlife Trust and DEFA’s arboriculture and ecology officers to ensure we minimise our impact of the areas we work in, using native trees, bushes and wildflowers.
  • We will give proper consideration to the creation of new Public Open Spaces, to ensure these provide the most ecological benefit as well as amenity.
  • All new homes will have storage and charging for two bicycles to encourage Active Travel.
  • All developments will be enabled to have Electric Vehicle charging points to be fitted to all properties.
  • We will work with Isle of Play to create unique natural play areas to engage our future generations with wildlife.
  • We will not forget our wildlife. Working with Manx Wildlife Trust, we will continue to include bat boxes, bee bricks, hedgehog runs, planting of native trees, microforests, and wildflowers which will link to re-wilding and hedgerow creation.
  • We will closely monitor technology and production methods to ensure we utilise sustainable materials and components, and locally sourced where viable.

For more information of the Isle of Man’s unique UNESCO Biosphere status, please visit: www.biosphere.im

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