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Center Parcs scoops Green Business Award for Biodiversity

Press release   •   Nov 05, 2009 00:00 GMT

We are delighted to announce Center Parcs has picked up the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Tuesday 3rd November.

The Green Business Awards 2009 or "Green Globes", celebrate the most innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives by UK businesses for achieving environmental sustainability, and implementing smart business practice.

The Biodiversity Protection category measured company leadership in safeguarding and enhancing habitats and species with reference to the managing, monitoring and executing of biodiversity protection across all sites.

Mark Waller, Chartered Landscape Architect accepted the award saying:

“It was a very proud moment to accept the trophy on behalf of the Conservation Rangers and Ground Services teams who are totally committed to biodiversity management at Center Parcs. Protecting the natural forest environment has always been a fundamental part of our philosophy. For over twenty years we have carefully monitored all the species on our sites and will continue to protect and enhance the biodiversity of our forest for many years to come”.

Notes to editors

Center Parcs was this year, the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for all its sites. Following a rigorous audit at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, 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 the this years’ annual ecological monitoring studies carried out on each village, the total number of species of Flora and Fauna found at Center Parcs was 11,806, an increase of 790 species from the previous year. The increase reflects the important habitat management work carried out by our team of dedicated conservation rangers.

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