John and Liz have a long and happy association with Slimbridge, having worked for The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) at this world famous centre for many years themselves (and actually met there in 1994 and since married).
WWT is a world-leading wildlife charity which has promoted the conservation of wildfowl and the importance of wetlands since the late Sir Peter Scott started the organisation in 1946.
When John started his company in the year 2000, it was the people at Slimbridge who made space available to grow reeds and other wetland plants for sale and later in 2002, an area to grow willow for coppicing.
The picture below shows John and his son Sam in the willow coppice in 2004 in a picture for the local paper (Sam is now 6′ 4″ and studying physics at university!).
JPR Environmental still work closely with WWT and have been involved in many projects over the years at Slimbridge and the Arundel Centre in West Sussex. These projects have included maintaining the reedbed that treats the waste water from the visitor centre at Slimbridge, wader scrape and wet meadow creation at Arundel, opening up an old channel on the Slimbridge reserve to create habitat for wetland species and the creation of a water treatment area for the agricultural runoff from the Slimbridge reserve.
In 2021, Slimbridge will celebrate it’s 75th anniversary, just as JPR Environmental celebrates its 21st, and we look forward to working on many more exciting projects with WWT in the future.