A HUGE thank you to all of our customers who donated to the Caring for the Cotswolds scheme in 2019! We’re delighted to announce that we raised £670!
What is Caring for the Cotswolds?
When you book a ticket for one of our tours, you’ll notice we give you the option to add a voluntary donation to the Caring for the Cotswolds scheme. Together with those from other scheme members in the Cotswolds area, these donations are pooled into a fund, managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, to which to which local groups and organisations can apply for grants.
Grants are awarded for projects focusing on wildlife and habitat conservation, heritage preservation, and walking, riding and bridleway improvements. In short, this money is used to help protect, preserve and conserve the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy it for years to come.
In 2018, we donated £650 to Caring for the Cotswolds, and I’m pleased to say that we were able to increase our donation a little more last year. In 2019, Go Cotswolds customers generously donated a total of £333 to Caring for the Cotswolds, which we have again match-funded and rounded up to £670.
Beneficiaries of the scheme
In 2018/19, grants from the Caring for the Cotswolds fund were awarded to eight organisations, including:
- £500 to Quenington Parish Council to produce a map with a range of circular walks around the village of Quenington
- £900 to Chipping Norton Theatre, to restore the foundation stones of the theatre building
- £1,069 to Sustainable Woodstock to develop a recently established community orchard, by installing benches, purchasing additional tools, planting a bog garden, secondary planting, installing bird boxes and a heritage entrance
- £1,200 to Limpley Stoke Parish Council to develop and install interpretational signage with a focus on the parish’s biodiversity and wildlife.
Leave nothing but footprints…
As a tourism company, we think it’s incredibly important for us to “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”, so our involvement in the Caring for the Cotswolds scheme is just one way to help to ensure that our business is as ethical and environmentally sustainable as possible and that the Cotswolds stay beautiful for generations to come.
Thank you so much for your support!