Manor Cottages raises a further £4000 for conservation and encourages other businesses to get involved

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Local tourism business Manor Cottages, which sells self-catering holidays across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has raised a further £4,000 as part of their involvement in the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme, launched by the Cotswolds Conservation Board last year.

Chris Grimes, owner of Manor Cottages was one of the first tourism businesses to join the scheme and urges other local businesses to follow suit:

It is so rewarding to be able to raise funds that go directly back into environmental and conservation activities, supporting the outstanding landscape on which our tourism industry depends.

I have found that the vast majority of our customers are more than happy to make a simple donation towards this scheme and, as we have made the process as easy as possible, we are able to make a significant and regular contribution in this way. Setting it up has also been very simple to do and I would therefore encourage other tourism businesses in the Cotswolds to consider joining this scheme so that we can really make a difference on a much bigger scale.”

Since joining the scheme, over the last twelve months Chris has raised over £7,000 through his website – www.manorcottages.co.uk - which has been used to help get a number of environmental projects off the ground, including much-needed restoration to part of the Winchcombe Way footpath, habitat restoration along a stretch of the River Coln near Bibury, and a woodland coppicing project in a nature reserve near Painswick.

Businesses in the Cotswolds wishing to sign up to the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme and to help play an important role in keeping the Cotswolds special, should 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.

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Notes to editors:

  • Manor Cottages is a family owned holiday cottage letting agency situated in the picturesque town of Burford in the Cotswolds. It has a diverse collection of holiday cottages located in and around the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Bath and the Wye Valley; all of which are fully furnished and equipped to a high standard. The company offers a friendly and personal service to visitors; helping them to arrange their ideal cottage holiday in the Cotswolds. www.manorcottages.co.uk
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.