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20,000 trees being planted at Woburn Forest

Press release   •   Mar 26, 2013 00:00 GMT

On the 19th March and 20th March, a delivery of 20,000 trees arrived at the new Center Parcs; Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. The planting of the trees will be overseen by the new Ground Services Manager; Ian Buck from Goldington, Bedford and will help improve the biodiversity of the forest.

As part of Center Parcs’ commitment to the environment and to Woburn Forest itself, 10% of the trees from the original commercial forest have been removed to improve light levels on the forest floor, which in turn will increase the biodiversity by allowing new species of plants to thrive. 18,000 native young trees such as Hazel and Field Maple will be planted during the spring of 2013, along with 2,000 English Oaks which have been grown from locally collected seed.

As Woburn Forest was previously a commercial woodland with very few species of trees, plants and animals, Center Parcs will be using the experience from the existing villages and the research and understanding of the ecology of Woburn Forest to encourage more species to the area.

Ian Buck, Ground Services Manager says:

“An ecological survey was carried out in 2005 to establish the condition of the woodland as it used to be a commercial woodland with poor biodiversity. Once Center Parcs knew what lived here, it was important to protect those species but also take steps to improve the forest and turn it into an area thriving with wildlife.”

Center Parcs has been caring for forests for over 25 years; removing some trees to let light into ground level, introducing water and protecting and monitoring the plants and animals to ensure they have everything they need. Like other forests Center Parcs has managed, Woburn Forest will be carefully monitored and managed by a Ground Services Manager and a Ground Services team throughout construction and beyond.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer

Telephone: 01623 821723


Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row