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Center Parcs Woburn Forest management team volunteers help prepare natural play area

Press release   •   May 15, 2013 00:00 BST

On Tuesday 14th May, the senior management team of Center Parcs Woburn Forest took time away from the business to volunteer to help prepare a new natural play area in Maulden Wood, just 7 miles from where the new Center Parcs is being built.

The Greensand Trust has been planning the natural play area for a while and when Center Parcs heard about the project, they were keen to get involved and lend a helping hand. Woburn Forest Managers dug, raked and flattened the ground around the Forest Office then helped to install posts for solar-powered car park lighting.

The Center Parcs Woburn Forest team helping out for the day included;

Wayne Matton (General Manager)

Ian Buck (Ground Services Manager)

Rebecca Wileman (Deputy General Manager)

Steve Robinson (Leisure Services Manager)

Sue Hutchings (Housekeeping Manager)

Tracey Purser (HR Manager)

John Summers (Technical Services Manager)

The natural play area will be created at the training and education facility close to Maulden Wood and will include mounds, mound seeding, logs, wooden seating and fence posts.

Wayne Matton, Woburn Forest General Manager said:

“We’re pleased we could come down and help out with the preparation work for the natural play area. The Greensand Trust and their Working Woodlands project is a great cause and it’s great we could support this project in some way. There is a synergy between our organisations; we are natural neighbours with a passion and commitment for the protection and enhancement of woodland in the area.”

Jon Balaam, The Greensand Trust Development Director said:

“The Center Parcs Woburn forest management team have made a big difference to the area surrounding the Working Woodland Centre today, they’ve really worked hard and we really appreciate their help.”

The Greensand Trust is an independent environmental charity that works with local communities and landowners to conserve and promote the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of the Greensand Ridge and wider surrounding area, improving access, understanding and enjoyment for the benefit of everyone. The Working Woodlands Centre is a project that aims to help bring under-managed and under-utilised woodlands back into positive management through workshops for woodland-related businesses, training facilities, educational and community facilities, an office and volunteer base and wood fuel boiler heating system.

Center Parcs is a family short break destination. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of outstanding leisure facilities, set amidst the surrounding forest environment which is both protected and enhanced. Center Parcs operates 4 Villages in the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. Center Parcs is currently building a 5th village in Bedfordshire; Woburn Forest which will open in spring 2014.

Each Center Parcs is set in a forest environment, typically 400 acres in size and provides high quality accommodation in fully equipped Apartments and Lodges, which are set amongst trees and streams. Each Village offers an extensive range of sports, leisure and nature activities plus numerous restaurants, bars and retail outlets and a superb spa facility. Woodland, water and a natural healthy environment are the essential elements of a Center Parcs break.

Notes to editors

Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Center Parcs is the UK's leading short breaks operator and every year over 1.6 million guests stay at the existing four villages each set in 400 acres of woodland. In spring 2014 Center Parcs Woburn Forest will open, which will mean there will be a Center Parcs within easy reach of a majority of all UK families. This is an opportunity to bring something new to the Center Parcs family with a number of exciting new concepts which will be announced over the next few months. When Center Parcs Woburn Forest opens in spring 2014, it will bring an investment of approximately £20 million to the area of Bedfordshire each year through employment and use of local services.

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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