Kind to critters.

Marshalls gains second biodiversity benchmark

Published:  15 January, 2010

WEST YORKSHIRE: Hard landscaping specialist 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, gained recognition from the Wildlife Trusts for its "proactive approach and commitment to biodiversity" at its Stoke Hall site.

Extensive research and partnership work went into 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: "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."

Ian Manley, Marshalls' environmental improvements manager added: "The support of the employees on site has been fantastic. They have been involved in erecting bird and bat boxes and they are now monitoring wildlife on site on a regular basis, which has been invaluable in helping to produce the action plans for future improvements."

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.

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