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Center Parcs retains Biodiversity Benchmark

Press release   •   Jul 29, 2010 00:00 BST

Center Parcs was the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for all its sites since 2007 and has achieved this accreditation again this year. Following rigorous audits at all 4 UK sites, the Biodiversity Benchmark was presented to Center Parcs in recognition of its continual efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment at its four holiday villages across the UK.

Center Parcs is the leader in the UK short break holiday market and its success is a unique example of how the commercial needs of an organisation can be satisfied in harmony with the needs of the natural environment.

The pioneering Biodiversity Benchmark enables organisations across the country to assess the quality of their land management, improve their contribution to the environment and demonstrate their commitment to biodiversity. Similar to other standards for management systems, the Biodiversity Benchmark is composed of a set of detailed requirements which an organisation must be able to meet. Furthermore, it is the first truly recognised endorsement to acknowledge organisations who continually commit to biodiversity improvement.

Mark Waller, Center Parcs’ Chartered Landscape Architect said: “Center Parcs is delighted to have received the Biodiversity Benchmark for all our sites for the third year running. Even for an organisation with well established systems, the discipline of the Biodiversity Benchmark helps Center Parcs focus environmental management and continually improve our natural environment - to the benefit of wildlife and visitors alike.”

For more information on the Biodiversity Benchmark visit: www.biodiversitybenchmark.org

Notes to editors

Center Parcs was the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmarkfor all its sites in 2009. Following a rigorous audits, the Biodiversity Benchmark was presented to Center Parcs in recognition for its continual efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment at its four holiday villages across the UK.

Based on this year’s annual ecological monitoring studies carried out on each village, the total number of species of Flora and Fauna found at Center Parcs was over 10,000. The impressive protection of biodiversity on all 4 sites reflects the important habitat management work carried out by Center Parcs’ team of dedicated conservation rangers.

For more information, visit www.centerparcs.co.uk

Biodiversity Benchmark www.biodiversitybenchmark.org: The Wildlife Trusts have created the Biodiversity Benchmark to encourage organisations to manage their land for wildlife and it is the first scheme to recognise continual biodiversity improvement of land. The Benchmark is flexible and adaptable, so that it can be applied to any organisation which manages land, from businesses through to local authorities, service utilities, the NHS, developers and charities. The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark is designed to recognise biodiversity improvements on an organisation’slandholdings; it is not an endorsement of an organisation’s activities or a measurement of its broader environmental performance or impacts.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer 
Telephone: 01623 821723 Email: jessica.marshall-pearce@centerparcs.co.uk

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