PUPILS from Greentrees Primary School in Salisbury marked a significant milestone by burying a time capsule.

The burial of the time capsule was in celebration of the completion of Barratt Homes’ Riverdown Park development.

The children, many of whom live at Riverdown Park, filled the capsule with school uniform items, information about the school and some popular toys.

Deputy head teacher Alan Geary said: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Barratt Homes, and we are thankful for the opportunity to involve the children in this momentous occasion. The pupils had great fun deciding on items that they feel best represent their school and generation.

“Also, the fun and engaging nature of the assembly on site safety allowed the children to really take on the message about staying safe on building sites, and we hope that they will practise this safety going forwards and into the summer holidays.”

The time capsule is set to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Riverdown Park’s completion, and will be marked by a plaque at the development itself.

Lynnette St Quintin, the sales director for Barratt Southern Counties, added: “We are delighted to be welcoming pupils from Greentrees Primary School to bury a time capsule to help us mark the nearing completion of this highly successful development at Riverdown Park. The new homes, along with the country park which we expect to be underway very soon, have welcomed hundreds of new families to the area and so we felt it appropriate to mark this occasion in some way."

Receiving planning in 2011, Barratt Homes has since built an attractive collection of one to five bedroom homes at Riverdown Park. As part of this project, and in addition to the forthcoming Country Park, the developer also contributed £2.5m towards primary and secondary education, 200 affordable homes and £400,000 towards public transport.

The Country Park, which Barratt Homes is working in partnership to deliver with Laverstock and Ford Parish Council and the Land Trust, is expected to get planning approval in the next few weeks. As soon as this plan is approved, work will begin, with the land to be transferred to the Parish Council for them to manage the implementation of the designs.