Holiday cottage company raises over £3000 for Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme

Manor Cottages, the Burford-based company promoting over 250 holiday cottages across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has raised over £3000 during the first six months of joining the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme in 2013.

Company owner Chris Grimes said it couldn’t be easier to help raise funds to look after the natural environment of the Cotswolds:

“We joined the scheme when it was launched by the Cotswolds Conservation Board as a way of putting something back into the environment and helping visitors to connect to the stunning Cotswolds landscape.

The process is simple - when a customer makes a booking via our website, we request a donation to the scheme of £1 which over 80% of our customers agree to do. We then match that with another £1 and it soon builds up to a significant amount.”

Chris continues: “The tourism industry relies on the Cotswolds being a beautiful place to visit and this is such an easy way to raise money to help conserve and enhance the Cotswolds, that I would certainly encourage other tourism businesses to consider doing the same.”

With the money raised through the scheme, two conservation projects have already been supported.

A grant award of £500 has allowed the Cotswolds Rivers Trust to install flow deflectors in the River Coln near Bibury to vary the depth in the riverbed providing habitat for invertebrates and fish including the brown trout – an iconic species of the Cotswolds.

With a similar grant the World Land Trust was able to carry out woodland coppicing work at the Kites Hill nature reserve near Painswick Beacon providing many benefits for a variety of plants, insects and birds. Four new interpretation boards have also been installed along the woodland trail as part of the project.

Tourism businesses who wish to find out more about the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme can contact Simon Smith at the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862031 or email: simon.smith@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk. For further details of the scheme go to www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visitorgiving.

PHOTOS: Images of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be downloaded from here (please credit Nick Turner): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/but6jnknh1t5pbn/AADXJ_BK_KLoFlZQNDlsE5WNa

Notes to editors:

Visitor giving is the process of asking visitors to voluntarily support conservation by donating a very small amount of money via their bill or fees.
Businesses participating in the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme are helping to raise money which will be used to support a range of environmental and landscape projects across the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens dedicate thousands of hours of practical conservation work every year across the AONB, as well as lead an annual programme of guided walks and undertake a range of promotional and educational work.
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk. For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk