We all have a profound connection with nature. We go on holiday to Center Parcs and other places to make that connection, to be in the woods, amongst the trees. To be somewhere our children can play and discover the great outdoors. We may have lost that connection in our real life for many reasons...
We’re busy, children are lured by games consoles or face academic pressure. Fears of traffic and other dangers lurk in the back of our minds. Natural spaces near our homes have simply disappeared, lost to poorly planned and implemented development.
The Wildlife Trusts are passionate in our belief that nature can and should be part of our everyday lives
We know that children are happier and healthier when they are able to play outdoors. If they can experience and understand nature they will grow up to protect it for future generations.
It starts on our 2,300 nature reserves, havens where wildlife and people can thrive. Beyond their boundaries our work with landowners, farmers, other environmental charities and landowning businesses (like Center Parcs) helps to create and connect new places for wildlife. We put pressure on Government to make sure that they have the right legal and financial support to do this. This all gives nature breathing space, let’s it move around the landscape and adapt to changing circumstances.
Finally it’s about bringing nature back into our everyday lives. We work with planners and developers to make sure that the places where we live also have space for wildlife. We provide information and advice on how to bring nature into your garden and we offer chances for grown ups and children to learn, discover and experience nature safely, whether at home or elsewhere in the community.
Center Parcs is built on a desire to protect the forest environments in which the Villages sit and a corporate partnership between Center Parcs and The Wildlife Trusts is a further extension of this commitment.
Although the partnership began in 2012, the relationship actually goes back many years, working together to share advice, tips and ensure wildlife is protected in the UK. We share an enthusiasm for the natural environments, helping families get up close with nature and educating them about how rich-experiences with wildlife can make them happy and healthy.