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Center Parcs Sherwood Forest volunteers help out at Bulwell Forest Garden

Press release   •   Jun 29, 2012 00:00 BST

On Monday 25th June, 8 members of staff from Center Parcs Sherwood Forest took part in a volunteering project, giving their time and expertise to Bulwell Forest Garden. The day was part of the volunteer programme organised by Center Parcs for colleagues who want to make a difference in their local community.

Volunteers carried out general maintenance and conservation work around the garden which included; weeding, turning the soil, clearing paths around the flower beds as they were becoming damaged by roots and overgrowth, cutting back long grass, nettles and brambles and digging out the cuttings heap.

Steve Robinson, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Deputy Leisure Manager, said:

“It’s great that Center Parcs give us the opportunity to get out and help with local projects, meet local people and make a difference to the local community.”

Supporting the local community, Center Parcs source local services and produce where ever possible and going one step further, is committed to making a difference in these communities. Since 2010 the volunteer programme has enabled staff to spend a working day on a local community project. Center Parcs also deliver a number of initiatives that benefit local communities through donations, work experience and skills development.

The Bulwell Forest Garden project was formed in April 2011. The aim of the project is to develop underused land into a project providing a variety of resources to the whole community, create a working “outdoor classroom”, to promote healthy eating to people of all ages, to create a seasonal programme of activities to engage local people, to enhance community opportunities for learning and inter-generational social interaction, to deliver “cook and eat” sessions at key harvesting times and to use the space for social events for people to enjoy.

Notes to editors

As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs occupies a unique position in the holiday market with annual occupancy rates in excess of 96%. In that time, the name Center Parcs has become synonymous with the provision of an exceptional family short break experience in a forest location.

Center Parcs has an extremely close relationship with the communities surrounding the 4 UK locations, providing employment and aiming to source services and products locally. The company’s overall impact on the local area is positive and the company is committed to ensure this continues to be the case.

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