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Tilgate Nature Centre wins prestigious award



Crawley Borough Council’s very own zoo has won a gold sustainability award from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

Tilgate Nature Centre in Tilgate Park picked up the award for its STAR (Switch To A Reusable) and Zoostainability campaigns. The BIAZA Annual Awards showcase a wide range of exciting projects from BIAZA zoos and aquariums.

The nature centre is home to more than 100 different species, from otters to owls, tapir to terrapins, and reindeer to raccoon dogs. 

Through the creation of a sustainability movement, visitors to Tilgate Nature Centre were encouraged to consider more sustainable choices in their everyday life.

Zoostainability is an initiative to raise awareness of overall sustainability issues and STAR, Switch To A Reusable, more specifically on encouraging behaviour change to ditch disposable items and use reusables.

The nature centre team created fun, interactive activities for visitors on sustainable palm oil and litter pollution, 3D signage and a pledge tree.

BIAZA said:

“Visitors engaged with the various activities and 70.8 per cent of 388 visitors were able to retain information on sustainability. As a council-run zoo in a large park this movement has had the opportunity to make a far-reaching impact.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is great news for Tilgate Nature Centre, Tilgate Park and the council.

“The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of nature centre staff. As well as caring for a wide range of animals, they look for ways to operate more sustainably and this award reflects that.”

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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