Long time Born Free supporters Nigel and Lesley Anne Rowley have always had a soft spot for Kenya and its wildlife. Now despite recent events, they are determined to demonstrate their commitment to the country by launching a luxury "green development" for Kenyaphiles on Kenya's North Coast.
"This development could establish the eco-standard for future projects and is confirmation of Nigel and Lesley Anne's longterm support for Kenya, its people, environment and wildlife," said Will Travers, Born Free's CEO.
Coming soon to Watamu on the Kenyan coast is the new Medina Palms development, a luxurious new residential complex comprising an exclusive collection of villas and penthouses, all designed using the very latest in green technology. Located within Watamu Marine National Park, the project will use a variety of measures to make the new development as eco-friendly as possible. Large rainwater storage tanks, holding over 120,000 litres of water, have been designed to take advantage of the area's heavy rainfall in May, whilst bio-digesters will minimise water consumption and generate recycled water for laundry, pools and landscape irrigation; in addition, solar water heaters and wind generators will provide most of the power needed to run the development.
The project has also been designed so that buildings are constructed around existing trees, while an on-site plant nursery is being developed to help propogate indigenous trees and plants to complement the village's existing flora. The project is also being built using a local workforce of 150 people who have been trained in new skills.
Medina Palms has partnered with Born Free, and will be donating a percentage of its income to a new joint initiative for local coastal conservation projects which will aim to protect local marine life through community involvement in habitat conservation and environmental education activities.
Find out more at www.medinapalms.com