New scheme in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will enhance the local environment
VISITORS and residents of the Cotswolds can help conserve and enhance the outstanding natural beauty of the area thanks to a new scheme.
A brand new tourism initiative has been launched in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Cotswolds visitor giving scheme, set up by the Cotswolds Conservation Board works through tourist businesses asking customers for a small donation to help enhance the surrounding environment and landscape.
The money raised will go towards projects across the Cotswolds to help conserve its natural beauty and allow visitors to enjoy the area.
Burford-based Manor Cottages, which have over 250 holiday cottages placed throughout the Cotswolds, was the first business to sign up to the scheme.
“We are very proud to be able to support the Cotswolds through this," said manager Chris Grimes. "As a long-standing provider of holiday accommodation in the Cotswolds, we fully appreciate the need to conserve the very asset that attracts visitors here in the first place."
Director at Cotswolds conservation board Martin Lane said he was looking forward to working with businesses in the future.
"We're excited to develop a long term initiative that demonstrates how many businesses and individuals care about this much loved and special landscape.
"Our previous experience shows that many people are prepared to make a small contribution to support projects that help make a difference to the area.”
The type of projects that will be supported through the Visitor Giving scheme may include the restoration of wildflower meadows and ancient woodland, improvements to footpaths and cycle ways, creation of new circular walks and cycle routes, improvements to habitats for endangered wildlife species, plus restoration of dry stone walls and hedgerows.
Visit cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visitorgiving for more details.
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