Milton Keynes based company, Land Structure Limited, have recently started planting 62,000 native trees and shrubs at Woburn Forest, Center Parcs’ fifth Village.
Land Structure Limited were contracted earlier this year by Center Parcs and began planting in March. Planting will continue throughout the spring.
Including the 20,000 native trees which have already been planted at Woburn Forest, almost 100,000 native trees and shrubs will have been planted by the end of 2014.
Using a team of just ten people, Land Structure Limited are planting around the 625 lodges at Woburn Forest, as well as a number of main areas, including The Pancake House, Cycle Centre and Arrivals Lodge.
Mike Miller, Joint Managing Director at Land Structure Limited, said: “We are delighted to be working with a company who share our ethos of protecting nature. As a local company, we have known about the new Center Parcs Village for some time, and we’re excited to be a part of this project, delivering a planting scheme that will use native plants to attract more local species to the area and allow them to flourish.”
Ian Buck, Ground Services Manager at Center Parcs, said: “Protecting and enhancing the woodland around our Villages is extremely important to us, and the work that Land Structure Limited are carrying out is key to this.”
Center Parcs Woburn Forest is on track to open this spring.
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Sustainability facts and figures
Committed to enhancing the forest and wider environment, Center Parcs aims to be one of the leading sustainable ‘Large Scale Tourist Destinations’ in the UK. The Center Parcs Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2011, promises to reduce Center Parcs carbon emissions by 20% and produce 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Center Parcs currently uses a variety of different energy saving choices including:
- New and refreshed accommodation projects have included environmentally efficient technology such as:
- Ground source heating
- Solar panels
- Combined heat and power plants
- Energy-saving LED lighting
- Water-efficient showers
- Low-energy kitchen appliances
- Intelligent thermostats
- Electric vehicle fleet for housekeeping and technical services
Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies - such as District Heating - to achieve the aim of consuming 25% less than the average existing Center Parcs village.
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