Each year Fife draws millions of visitors to the coast and countryside for adventure and relaxation, however inevitably this comes with an impact on the environment - recorded visits to the Fife Coastal Path topped 3.36 million visits in 2015, with an estimated 36,000 walkers walking the entire path.
As visitor numbers to the sites managed by Fife Coast and Countryside continue to grow, the Trust has taken the decision to relaunch the ‘Big Green Footprint Scheme’. The initiative is aimed at Fife tourism businesses, whose customers access the Fife Coastal Path and other sites managed by the Trust during their visit to Fife. Visitors will be offered the opportunity to give a little something back, to the places they love and providing a mechanism for collecting those small contributions which, collectively, add up to a significant amount of funding.
The first three businesses to sign up to the Big Green Footprint are Abbeyford Leisure, Easyways Walking Scotland and the Pitbauchlie House Hotel.
Karen Williams, FCCT Corporate Funding Officer, ‘We are delighted to sign up our first three members of the Big Green Footprint Scheme, we hope they will be the first of many Fife tourism businesses to become involved. The monies raised will ensure that the landscape is properly looked after and protected for the benefit of everyone – now and in the future.’
Abbeyford Leisure, has become one of the first pioneers of the scheme by inviting its holiday guests to add a voluntary £1.00 donation when booking their stay. With three award-winning holiday parks on the Fife coast attracting thousands of guests each year, the group's annual donations could make a big difference, helping to ensure that Fife's natural beauty is preserved for future generations.
Peter Davies, Sales and Marketing Manager for Abbeyford Leisure, commented, ‘The Fife Coastal Path, which connects our three parks, is one of the charity's main responsibilities, and is enjoyed by many of our guests every year. It's a hugely important and much-loved feature of our coast, and it's essential that the path and the surrounding wildlife habitats are properly cared for and safeguarded. The Big Green Footprint Scheme is an exciting and imaginative way to ensure this happens, and we're delighted to become one of its founding champions," added Peter.
Peter Davies, Sales & Marketing Manager at Abbeyford Leisure with Karen Williams, Corporate Funding Officer at Fife Coast and Countryside Trust on the Fife Coastal Path at Elie Holiday Park, Shell Bay.
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