The area local to Crestra’s head office is rich in natural and historic assets. Over the years it has been involved in the transformation of a variety of open spaces from gardens and parks to the one of its largest projects at Creswell Crags.
Working with Groundwork, Crestra Limited has been responsible for designing a large proportion of environmental improvements at the Crags. Work was carried out to help preserve the prehistoric caves.
Further works included the creation of a recreation and education area, wildflower meadow, a picnic area, a shelter with a living ‘green roof’ and a small amphitheatre. The lake has also been dredged and improvements made to access, paths and the car park.
Crestra has worked in partnership with Creswell Heritage Trust and Severn Trent Water to improve Creswell Crags with the ultimate aim of achieving World Heritage Site status, ranking it in importance with Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall.
It is already a Scheduled Ancient Monument, having been among the most northerly places to be visited by Ice Age hunters. Recent discoveries of prehistoric cave carvings has led to its new title as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age’.
Almost one million pounds of investment project managed by Crestra has ensured that the objectives of the Creswell Heritage Trust have been met.
Along with the newly-built visitor centre, the Crags can now be enjoyed to its full potential for education, leisure and recreation.