World Earth Day 2024

Middleton Wins International Green Apple Environment Award

Lee Ellis – Your New Centre Manager

Lee Rigby Foundation

Tree Planting

Middleton Shopping Centre is extremely environmentally conscious and is pleased to be contributing to the many projects taking place across the borough, by giving back to nature and undertaking the planting of trees in our local parks.

Our Centre Manager, Marie Gribben, contacted the council with the proposal of planting a tree for every Christmas tree that the centre had used during the festive period. We committed to planting 27 trees in total and with an initial £2,000 donation, the first 11 trees, plus a further five trees donated by the council now feature at Limefield Park, King George V Playing Field, Mainway, Truffet Park and Jubilee Park. The trees planted include oak, alder, mountain ash, silver birch and a cherry blossom tree.

Marie Gribben, Centre Manager said ‘ The benefits of trees are one of our best natural defences in fighting against climate change and are crucial as they support wildlife, store carbon, reduce pollution and flooding in adapting to the climate crisis.  As a centre we have a responsibility in helping to create green spaces for people and wildlife to thrive and survive’.

Additional projects are taking place in The ‘Trees for a Laugh’ project which was brought to the council’s attention by Rick Attwood, the founder of Ace Lips – which has been running comedy nights for almost 10 years across Rochdale and Oldham. This project will offset the environmental impact of the carbon footprint generated by the comedians that travel to the borough to perform by donating a tree for every comedy show it hosts.  All trees will be purchased from the Woodland Trust and planted by the council.

If you, your school or your business would like to help fund projects like these, please contact the council’s environmental management team at: environmental.management@rochdale.gov.uk.

A Middleton Minute with Marie Gribben

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Loo of the Year 2022 – Diamond winner!

We’re delighted to announce that we have won a DIAMOND Award at the Loo of the Year Awards 2022-23!

This is a huge testament to the fantastic job that our cleaners do each and everyday.

Well done everyone, Team Middleton 🙂

One Great Day

During the Summer, Middleton Shopping Centre visitors ensured it was truly ‘One Great Day’ as they visited our Summer Space Camp.

One Great Day is a UK wide annual fund-raising day held in shopping centres across the country, raising money and support for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and a local children’s charity.

Middleton Shopping Centre chose to partner with Francis House Hospice, who provide appropriate respite and end of life care for children and young people with life limiting illnesses and the necessary support and short-term care for their families.

A massive thank you to infinity and beyond to Café Zhino for the FREE donation of 200 ‘intergalactic space themed’ cupcakes. Retailers and visitors purchased cakes for a small donation that contributed to £500 being raised for the chosen charities. All proceeds made during the day will be split between https://www.gosh.nhs.uk and https://www.francishouse.org.uk

Marie Gribben, Centre Manager Comments, ‘’I always ensure that One Great Day is extra special within our centre, it’s a wonderful concept and one that is close to my heart. A massive thank you to all our visitors and retailers who contributed to make it a great success especially to Café Zhino for our free cup cakes’’.

The Photo features, Marie Gribben, Shopping Centre Manager (to the left) and Kate Puc (to the right) Francis House Hospice, collecting the cheque from the One Great Day event.

Green Apple Award 2022

Middleton Shopping Centre has picked up the prestigious  Green Apple Award by The Green Organisation. The award was presented yesterday at a special ceremony in London.

The centre’s achievement follows its commitment to reducing waste, maximising recycling and ensuring sustainability by implementing effective practices with the support of waste management partner Bagnall & Morris.

Marie Gribben, Centre Manager said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this, our second Gold Green Apple Award. We are incredibly proud of the centre team who continue to drive our commitment to increasing recycling rates and minimising the waste produced from the centre. “I would like to give a huge thank you to our waste management partner Bagnall & Morris for their commitment to the environment and of course to Middleton Shopping Centre too.”

Middleton introduced a series of initiatives, including reducing the total volume of waste produced by site by 17% in 2021, the continuous upgrading of lighting to save 75,000 Kwh annually and utilising technology which reduces chemical usage, consumption of single use plastics and overall environmental impact wherever possible.

The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world, and have become well established as one of the most popular global environmental campaigns. It has now extended into the Green World Awards with entries from Governments, Ministries and regional authorities as well as companies and organisations across the entire private and public sectors.