Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

21 years in 21 days: Day 15 - 2008

Julie Bradbury supports Fix the Fells, fundraising success for Ospreys, and we celebrate business ambassadors.

In 2008 Julia Bradbury highlighted to the nation the problems of footpath erosion and the importance of the Fix the Fells project. Julia Bradbury said: “Walking the Coast-to-Coast is a marvellous experience and it’s wonderful that people from far-and-wide come to walk this world-famous route, but it is also important we enjoy the fell paths responsibly. 

In 2008 the breeding ospreys at Bassenthwait still needed ‘round the clock’ protection to ensure their survival.  Liam and Kath Berney of The Cottage in the Wood were so inspired by the birds that they decided to fundraise to look after them. £1 is asked from each guest, and so far every single customer has been more than happy to help.  Liam and Kath tell everyone about the Ospreys, and encourage their guests to go and see them at the Whinlatter visitor centre. Cottage in the Wood have fundraised for conservation projects ever since and have raised over £6000 to date.

Owner Liam said:

“This scheme is the best thing we have ever done in terms of fundraising for conservation here at The Cottage in the Wood. Working with the Tourism and Conservation Partnership showed us that it is possible to make a real difference to our local area, and gives our guests a real ‘feel good’ factor. It took us a year before making the leap to fundraising in this way. If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t hesitate to introduce this scheme immediately. The sense of well-being it creates in guests and throughout the hotel is amazing, and obvious to see – and our donations to the Ospreys have gone through the roof!”

 

Rufus Bellamy, son of the botanist David Bellamy presented the Tourism and Conservation Partnership Ambassador Award to the four winners: Nick Lancaster, on behalf of The Langdale Estate; David & Caroline Welch for Cote Howe Organic Guest House; David Jackson, for Castlerigg Hall Caravan Park; and Nick Jones for The Watermill, Little Salkeld, Penrith. The four businesses were chosen as representing best business practices in terms of commitment to conservation fundraising, and wider sustainable practices.