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Bedfordshire landscaper appointed as Woburn Forest Ground Services Manager

Press release   •   Mar 18, 2013 00:00 GMT

Local landscaper, Ian Buck from Bedfordshire has been announced as the Ground Services Manager for Center Parcs Woburn Forest.

Ian was born and grew up in Bedford and went to school at Goldington Lower and Middle Schools then Mark Rutherford Upper School. During his studies in horticulture at Writtle College in Chelmsford Ian did an industrial placement for 14 months at Cambridge City Council working as an Assistant Horticultural Officer.

After graduating, Ian joined a major commercial landscape and grounds maintenance company in which he worked his way from being a graduate trainee to a Contracts Manager (a role he continued with two further companies). Ian loves the outdoors and it’s a good job with 365 acres of forest to now look after at Woburn Forest. Ian enjoys outdoors sports including snowboarding, cycling and walking in the countryside in Bedfordshire with his wife.

Ian Buck is responsible for the recording and monitoring of all species on site as well as protecting the wildlife within the forest. Like the other Center Parcs locations, when Woburn Forest opens, there will be a team of conservation rangers as part of the Ground Services team, committed to caring for the forest as well as providing nature walks and activities to educate short break guests about the forest environment.

“This is one of the largest and most exciting new developments to happen in the area for many years and I’m thrilled to be a part of it from such an early stage. I’m looking forward to discovering the wildlife in Woburn Forest, protecting the nature that is living there at the moment and enhancing the forest to attract new species in the years to come.” -Ian Buck

Notes to editors

Center Parcs is the UK’s leading short break operator, each year more than 1.6 million guests stay at our existing four villages each set in 400 acres of forest. Spring 2014 sees the opening fifth village, Center Parcs Woburn Forest, the closest village to London and the South East. 

Reflecting the values of our guests, protection and enhancement of the local environment are at the heart of our ethos. We were the first UK organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark and Center Parcs Woburn Forest will be our most sustainable village to date. The development of our new village will nurture 365 acres of ecologically poor woodland into a biodiverse forest that will encourage local wildlife to flourish. 

The announcement of the appointment of Ian Buck, Ground Services Manager follows the announcement of the appointment of Wayne Matton, Woburn Forest General Manager in December 2012. For media interviews, please contact Center Parcs PR Department on 01623 821 723.

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