FOOTBALL tough guy John Terry will be taking part in all of the Chelsea Flower Show – by planting a “wildlife corridor” with 140 exotic plants and trees.
Before Blues Music Captain and the England defender, 41, chose ones with easy-to-understand Latin names such as Carpinus betulus, Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ and Ligustrum japonicum ‘Superbum’.
Some – including Cornus kousa, Cercis canadensis and Pyrus calleryana – sound more like colleagues from the multinational squad at Stamford Bridge, where banners still hail him as “Captain, Leader, Legend.” .
Terry also has promised to build a ‘nature pond’ as part of a £20m housing project that will demolish a £4.5m mansion he owns.
He wants to replace it with two homes, each worth around £10 million, on the exclusive Crown Estate in Oxshott, Surrey.
Some trees will have to be cut down, and to comply with strict zoning conditions, amid protests from neighbors, he had to create a “biodiversity reduction strategy.”
His builders have now submitted plans revealing how he intends to compensate for the loss of wildlife, vegetation and an existing pond.
These include “wildlife-friendly new plantings” that will provide a “range of habitat for local species and act as wildlife corridors” for animals such as badgers and badgers. rabbit.
The plans, seen by The Sun, also list a mixture of small herbaceous plants and larger shrubs, trees, hedges and even ornamental plants.
A fence line separates the two plots, with rows of trees that “frame” the entrances.
Terry also promised to install “a range of bat and bird containers at suitable locations to enhance nesting and nesting opportunities”.
The green plan was approved by his local council, Natural England, Surrey Bat Group and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
Terry, who has played 492 times for Chelsea and won 78 caps for the Three Lions, will now build a six-bedroom and another five-bedroom.
Both will include a dining kitchen, a family room, a living room, a dining room, a bar and a dressing room.
The larger estate will also feature a swimming pool, gym and driveway around the “island”.
Terry lives with Toni’s wife in another £4.35million mansion in nearby Cobham.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4548542/john-terry-chelsea-flower-wildlife-corridor/ John Terry is developing bizarre ‘wildlife corridors’ in £20m housing project after demolishing £4.5m mansion