On Monday 16th December, 8 members of the Center Parcs Woburn Forest team spent the day assisting The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire with scrub clearance at Flitwick Moor.
Center Parcs were eager to help when they heard that The Wildlife Trust BCN needed help with vital work near the site of the fifth Village. Volunteers from the new Center Parcs Woburn Forest jumped at the chance to volunteer their time to the cause, donned their wellies and grabbed equipment to spend a winter’s day tidying the meadow at the Moor.
Flitwick Moor is 45 beautiful hectares (111 acres) nature reserve in the heart of the Flit valley is a superb wetland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The reserve is made up of woodland including rare Alder woods, mire, and meadows. This reserve supports a variety of species such as nine species of Sphagnum moss, marsh pennywort, black knapweed, siskins, lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers, chimney sweeper moths, yellow meadow ant and the short-winged conehead bush-cricket.
Scrub clearance is vital for maintaining meadows. Without it they would soon become woodland and stunning rare grassland species would be lost. (For further information visit www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/flitwick-moor-folly-wood )
Center Parcs and The Wildlife Trust in Bedfordshire are natural neighbours, sharing the same mission to preserve and care for wildlife, inspire others to take action and sharing knowledge to educate.
Wildlife Trust Corporate Partnerships Manager Caroline Prout said: “It was wonderful to have such able volunteers spend the day with us at Flitwick Moor - scrub clearance at this time of year is vital to preserve the right habitat for wildlife. We look forward to many collaborations with Center Parcs in the future.”
Nature is at the very heart of the Center Parcs ethos. Center Parcs has been protecting and enhancing the forests its Villages are located within for many years through ecological surveys, a Ground Services and Ranger team and by working with local wildlife organisations such as The Wildlife Trust. The Ground Services team at Woburn Forest have been busy since 2012, creating a thriving, native environment from which the benefits can already be seen.
Woburn Forest is the fifth Center Parcs in the UK, due to open in spring 2014.
Notes to editors
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
We manage 125 nature reserves - all free to visit; 95% of local population live within five miles of one of our reserves. We work to make these havens link together, helping nature adapt to a changing climate. By gathering valuable information about wildlife and working with landowners, the Trust also monitors and safeguards wildlife beyond the boundary of its reserves.
Center Parcs UK
Care for the environment is at the very heart of the Center Parcs experience and this care is what makes each forest a setting thriving with wildlife. Center Parcs UK are proud to be partners of The Wildlife Trusts supporting their Living Landscapes project which works to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife-rich spaces in rural and urban areas by working with local communities.
Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer
Telephone: 01623 821723
Notes to Editors
- 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
- As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row