Hills Group receives Habitat Heroes accolade

By Nick Batten on 6 June, 2024

The pivotal role The Hills Group has played in supporting the conservation and protection of wildlife at the Cotswold Water Park has been further strengthened now it has become a Cotswold Lakes Trust Premium Habitat Hero. 

The Swindon-based Group has worked in collaboration with the Cotswold Lakes Trust (CLT) since 1997, providing over £1.3 million to the charity through the Landfill Communities Fund. This partnership has led to the creation and preservation of one of the most biodiverse wetland landscapes in the UK, which is home to a wide range of wildlife, as well as an array of leisure amenities. 

Habitat Heroes is an initiative that invites businesses to support the CLT’s frontline charitable conservation work across the Cotswold Water Park.

Peter Andrew, Group Director – Quarry Products, said, “The Hills Group has been operating in the Cotswold Water Park for more than 100 years and has created many of the lakes and wonderful habitats you see today. We are delighted to join the Premium Habitat Heroes scheme as it recognises our ongoing partnership with the Trust and our commitment to the wildlife and ecosystems in the Water Park.” 

Ben Welbourn, Conservation and Estates Director – CLT, said, “For more than 25 years, The Hills Group has consistently demonstrated significant support for the wildlife and people of the Cotswold Water Park through high-quality quarry restoration. With their continued support of the Cotswold Lakes Trust’s biodiversity, education, access projects and now their addition to our new Habitat Heroes scheme, Hills continues to cement its commitment to creating a lasting local legacy.” 

Pictured above: (left to right) Matt Byrne (Assistant Ranger – CLT), Ben Welbourn (Conservation & Estates Director – CLT), Peter Andrew (Group Director – Hills Quarry Products) and Joe Fell (Ranger – CLT)