Caring for the Cotswolds – Being the perfect host creates the perfect visitor
A celebration of the innovative fundraising scheme that helps to keep the Cotswolds beautiful also marks a new phase to attract more tourism businesses to sign up.
On Tuesday 16 May, a special event is being held to celebrate the innovative Cotswolds visitor giving scheme now called ‘Caring for the Cotswolds’.
The event taking place at 6:30pm at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park will provide an opportunity for new tourism businesses to join the scheme to help to maintain the area’s outstanding beauty for all to enjoy. The event will also showcase some of the inspiring projects it has already funded across the AONB and to thank tourism businesses – ‘the members’ – who have helped to make it a success so far.
Since the launch of the visitor giving scheme in 2013, over £16,600 has been raised by 19 local tourism businesses, providing grants towards a wide range of environmental and landscape projects: including woodland coppicing and site interpretation at Kites Hill Nature Reserve; the reconstruction of an historic railway halt near Hailes Abbey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway line; a downloadable walking guide and online resources to bring to life the ‘Cotswold Story: the Bagendon Landscape’.