Hard landscaping manufacturer Marshalls has achieved The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark for Land Management for the second time.
Marshalls’ specialist business Stancliffe Stone, one of the UK’s largest dimensional stone suppliers, has gained recognition from The Wildlife Trust for its proactive approach and commitment to biodiversity at its Stoke Hall site.
Having already achieved a Biodiversity Benchmark at its Maltby site near Rotherham, Marshalls started working on the biodiversity action plans at Stoke Hall, Grindleford in Derbyshire in March 2007. With extensive research and partnership work looking at the quarry, woodland and production plant, the project team produced individual biodiversity plans for reptiles, bats, birds, invertebrates, woodland and heath cud-weed.
Christine Morris, Group Environmental Adviser for Marshalls, said: “We’re really proud to have achieved this second Biodiversity Benchmark. Our biodiversity projects form part of our commitment to being a sustainable business and are a natural progression from the work we have already undertaken on management systems for environment, health and safety, and quality.”
In producing biodiversity action plans for Stoke Hall, Marshalls enlisted the help of Stancliffe Stone employees, the neighbouring land owner, Peak Park advisers and local wildlife specialists.
Following on from success at Maltby and Stoke Hall, Marshalls has now made a commitment to put in place biodiversity action plans for all appropriate sites by 2012.