M&S becomes first UK retailer to receive biodiversity benchmark

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Marks & Spencer has become the first retailer in the UK to be awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark after creating a wildlife haven at its award winning Cheshire Oaks store.

The retailer received the benchmark for introducing green living walls, a pond and wetland area, trees, hedgerows and wildflowers at the store near Ellesmere Port. These features have already become home to a range of wildlife such as bats and bumblebees, and it is hoped birds such as house sparrows and common swifts will also be attracted to the site. 

The Biodiversity Benchmark is a standard which recognises land management for wildlife and is awarded after a series of audits against criteria such as implementing effective action plans for wildlife on site and complying with laws.

Jon Turley, Finance and Operations Manager at M&S Cheshire Oaks, said: “Biodiversity has been a key focus at Cheshire Oaks ever since the site was first built. We are really proud to be awarded the Biodiversity Benchmark which will help promote our achievements to the wider world and will hopefully encourage others to come and enjoy the wildlife too.”

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