Green Park scoops wildlife award
by Marco Cillario Fri 8 January 2016, 5:35 pm
A business park in Reading has been awarded for its efforts to protect biodiversity and enhance wildlife.
Green Park has become the first business park in the country to achieve the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark award.
The award recognises businesses’ commitment to improving biodiversity.
The business community at the 79-ha site was recognised for its management of existing wildlife at the park and the establishment of wildlife habitats on land previously used for other purposes.
Rory Carson, director and asset manager at Green Park, said: “Green Park is living testimony that commercial and biodiversity interests can live harmoniously together within the same development, and to mutual benefit.”
More than 50 companies – including PepsiCo, Symantec and HSBC – currently have offices in the park, which extends to over 395,000sq m of accommodation, with consent for a further 259,000sq m, and is owned and managed by real estate company Oxford Properties Group.
Peter Dorans, corporate relations manager for Wildlife Trust, said: “Every organisation depends in some way on the natural environment.
“There is a challenging and rigorous process needed to secure the Biodiversity Benchmark, and I offer my warmest congratulations to Green Park on achieving so much for wildlife.”