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Center Parcs Woburn Forest named DEFRA Bees’ Needs Champion for green roofs

Press release   •   Nov 06, 2017 16:34 GMT

Lucie Vicentijevic and Laura Webb, Conservation Rangers at Center Parcs Woburn Forest, receive DEFRA Award for helping bees through the installation of green roofs.

The newest Center Parcs village, Woburn Forest, which opened in the summer of 2014 in Bedfordshire, has just been named a Bees’ Needs Champion by DEFRA at their annual awards ceremony. 

The short break holiday village has been awarded this accolade for the green roofs on two of their main buildings, which were planted in 2014.

The DEFRA Bees’ Needs Champions Awards, hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, brings together 30 champions to celebrate bee-friendly initiatives, from playgrounds to parks and farms to famous shopping streets. As winter approaches, bee experts are also calling on the public to take action to keep bees buzzing over winter, with tips on providing homes and food as the temperature drops.

The awards celebrate success in six categories: youth groups, schools, local authorities, farming, construction and community groups. They have been judged by a number of organisations on adopting DEFRA’s National Pollinator Strategy. The champions come from all over England and are responsible for a wide range of projects.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest has been recognised along with other organisations including; the Bee Farmers Association, The Honey Club, The Bee Conservation Trust, Coventry University and Goldthorpe Primary School in Barnsley to name but a few.

Upon hearing the news last week, Rich Watson, Landscape Asset Manager at Center Parcs, said: “What a wonderful surprise, we’re delighted to have been given the Bees’ Needs Champions by DEFRA this year! Our rangers work so hard to create habitats across the forest to attract a wide variety of native species. The natural environment is part of who we are and is a big reason why so many families come and visit us each year for a short break. We are very passionate about wildlife and are always trying to find new ways of making our forests inviting to all plants and creatures great and small. A huge thank you to those who nominated us, this recognition means a lot to us.”

Rangers from the Center Parcs Woburn Forest team attended the awards to celebrate the accolade and collect the award. 

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
  • 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 more than 2.2 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.
  • Center Parcs has been announced ‘Best Family Friendly UK Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the fourteenth year in a row.