Center Parcs Biodiversity Benchmark 10 Years Award Image: Center Parcs

Woburn Forest Center Parcs final village to get wildlife award

The Wildlife Trusts and Center Parcs are celebrating an important milestone this week. It has reached its ten year anniversary as holders of The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark accreditation.

With four villages already accredited, Woburn Forest was the final village to be awarded the benchmark this year.

Center Parcs has worked with The Wildlife Trusts and other environmental and ecological organisations for three decades. It has shared knowledge, records and plans, working together for the protection and enhancement of natural environments.

Center Parcs ceo, Martin Dalby, said:

“This clearly demonstrates that protecting the natural environment can go hand in hand with a commercial operation – you don’t need to sacrifice one to have the other.”

The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark is the only standard that certifies management of business landholdings for wildlife.

The Wildlife Trusts direct of strategy, Nigel Doar, said:

“Center Parcs has been achieving the Biodiversity Benchmark standard for ten years, doing the right thing for the natural world and increasing the value of their holiday villages for a wide range of wildlife, year after year.”

Wildlife highlights at Center Parcs

Center Parcs has had a strong commitment to maintain and create new habitats to encourage flora and fauna to flourish.

A few of the highlights from the Center Parcs forests in the last ten years include:

  • First otters at Center Parcs spotted at Whinfell Forest in Cumbria in 2016
  • Nesting Dormice first seen at Longleat Forest in Wiltshire three years ago
  • Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire supports one of the most significant bat populations in the county.
  • The recovery of toad and frog numbers at Elveden Forest in Suffolk
  • Turning Woburn Forest from a commercial woodland into a Center Parcs buzzing with wildlife