The Fife Coastal Path plays an important part in the lives of many Fife residents. And it’s a highlight for many visitors who come to the Kingdom. Visitor numbers continue to grow as many more people were encouraged to enjoy Fife’s amazing outdoor spaces during the pandemic. And footfall is still above pre-pandemic levels.
Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) manage and maintain the Fife Coastal Path. With this in mind, FCCT developed ‘The Big Green Footprint Scheme’ which allows Fife businesses to support the Trust’s work. Through this businesses can contribute to the maintenance of the Coastal Path and other sites and paths managed by the Trust. Businesses can do this in several ways from corporate volunteering activities to inviting customers to make a small voluntary donation.
Abbeyford Leisure was one of the scheme’s founding members. The Fife Coastal Path links their 3 award-winning holiday parks in St Andrews, Elie and St Monans, and cottages in Lower Largo. And walking the path is an integral part of many visitors’ holidays.
To reflect this, Abbeyford Leisure invites its holiday guests to add a voluntary £1 donation when booking their stay. This allows guests to give a little something back to the places they love. And it’s a mechanism for collecting those small contributions which add up to a significant amount.
Abbeyford Leisure’s Head of Marketing Operations, Peter Davies, said: ‘This year Abbeyford Leisure guests have generously donated £1,124. And since 2017 they have contributed well over £4,000 which has been invested in path maintenance and development.
‘The Fife Coastal Path is enjoyed by many of our guests every year and is a hugely important and much-loved feature of our coast. 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 continue to support it.’
George Eaves, Field Teams Manager FCCT, commented: ‘Abbeyford Leisure’s continued support of the Big Green Footprint Scheme plays an important role in helping to ensure that Fife’s natural beauty, including the Fife Coastal Path, is preserved and developed for future generations.’
Visit the engage section on our website to find out more about the scheme and how to get involved.
Our photo shows from left: Peter Davies; Tom Quayle, Access & Recreation Manager at FCCT; and George Eaves.