Cortonwood Shopping Park has won an International Green Apple Environment Award 2021 for its contributions to supporting biodiversity in Barnsley.

The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-profit, non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognize, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Cortonwood Shopping Park has won an International Green Apple Environment Award 2021 for its contributions to supporting biodiversity in Barnsley.

What are The Green Apple Awards?

The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-profit, non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognize, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

Why are The Green Apple Awards important?

In recent years heavy development of Business Parks in surrounding areas has driven out wildlife decreasing species diversity and biodiversity, the effects of which are devastating. Our aim is to improve environmental performance and reduce the loss of biodiversity by attracting wildlife especially pollinators back to the local area.

How has Cortonwood Shopping Park supported local biodiversity?

We are doing this by providing a suitable habitat in order to create a more sustainable and stable ecosystem. So far by implementing bird boxes and bug hotels we have seen a noticeable increase in number of pollinators like bees and butterflies and bird species number on the retail park going to show that by providing these habitats the wildlife is flourishing. This practice is imperative as birds and pollinators aid flower pollination, control weeds and help to conserve species. Longer term we hope to increase the number of Bird Boxes and Bug Hotels and implement them across many of our sites in order to achieve larger scale results like a more stable ecosystem and a more sustainable environment.

We are also hoping to establish hives for bees in an isolated area of the estate to provide more habitats and pollinators to create a secure ecosystem in an urban setting. This is a new idea we hope to pilot at our retail park in the near future to take improving our area and supporting the environment to the next level. The local community will reap the benefits of this practice as the pollinators aid plant reproduction, which is vital to the food chain, not to mention the reintroduction of wildlife into the city.